Bertiz to get lightest House penalty over viral airport outburst

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 10 2018 06:20 PM

ACTS-OFW party-list representative Aniceto "John" Bertiz III apologizes for his actions which were caught in a viral video. October 1, 2018. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- The House of Representatives voted to penalize Wednesday ACTS OFW Rep. Aniceto John Bertiz with a reprimand after his much-publicized security row with an airport personnel.

A total of 159 lawmakers voted to reprimand Bertiz, the lightest of the available penalties for erring lawmakers under the House rules.

After a video showing his outburst at the airport went viral, Bertiz admitted that he should have complained to the proper authorities instead of confiscating the ID of the security officer.

It could be recalled that the lawmaker said fragile nature, work stress and "monthly period" get the better of him. 

'SUSPENSION IS SEVERE'

The full House voted to grant the motion of House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez to penalize Bertiz with a reprimand.

Bertiz is a member of Suarez’s minority bloc. The minority leader explained that a suspension was too severe.

“As far as I know this is his first offense, he already admitted his mistake and had profusely apologized for his misconduct," Suarez said.

"The punishment must commensurate the act. Hence any form of punishment greater than a reprimand is severe and inappropriate,” he added.

Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu seconded Suarez’s motion, which was then subjected to nominal voting by the body.

Before the motion, Bertiz addressed his colleagues during the plenary session and asked for forgiveness. 

“Patawad po dahil bilang lingkod bayan, hindi ako naging ehemplo ng tuwid at magandang asal," he said.

(Forgive me because as a public servant, I did not exhibit good manners.)

Bertiz said he will accept and obey the decision of his colleagues.

“Makailang ulit po akong nagpaumanhin sa aking nagawa. Isa iyong pagkakamali na aking lubos na pinagsisihan. I offer no excuses. Ngunit hayaan po ninyo ako muli na humingi ng paumanhin kay Mr. Abdul, sa aking pamilya, sa publiko, sa inyo mga kapwa ko mambabatas, at sa Institusyong ito," he said.

(I repeatedly apologized for what I did. It was a mistake that I deeply regret...Allow me to ask for forgiveness again from Mr. Abdul, my family, the public, my fellow lawmakers, and from this institution.)