MANILA - The near fistfight between Surigao del Norte Rep. Ace Barbers and Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero Pichay got uglier as Barbers prepared his own ethics complaint against Pichay on Monday.
Pichay has filed an ethics case against Barbers for the incident during the first hearing of the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments.
The two lawmakers nearly came to blows after a heated argument over the mode of amending the 1987 Constitution. Cooler heads led by Pangasinan Rep. Marlyn Primicias Agabas prevailed and prevented the incident from becoming a fistfight.
Barbers on Monday said, "Meron akong sagot din diyan. Hinihintay ko lang na pasagutin ako ng Committee on Ethics dahil hanggang ngayon wala pa."
"I have here my reply now. My reply would be in a form of filing a complaint as well," he said.
(I have a reply to his complaint. I am just waiting for the Committee on Ethics to direct me to answer the complaint. I think as soon as the committee is constituted, I am ready for my reply. I have here my reply now. My reply would be in a form of filing a complaint as well.)
Barbers said he is still drafting the complaint, adding it will include information contributed by other parties alleging that Pichay abused his authority.
He added, "(the) complaint is nothing. I don't know if you've heard of disorderly behavior being the cause of a House in shambles. What's more meaty are cases of members of this House who have abused their authority, who have used their power and influence for their own pecuniary benefit and a lot of those things."
Ethics cases are heard by the ethics committee before being endorsed to the plenary of the House, which may then decide by a 2/3 vote to either expel or suspend the erring member.