Gary Alejano expresses disgust on Duterte’s anointed one as House Speaker: Mahahawakan na sa leeg!

Outgoing Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano / photo from Inquirer

Outgoing Representative Gary Alejano of Magdalo Party list has expressed disgust after hearing that the next batch of party-list solons has aligned themselves with President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration’s wish.

 “The independence of congress just jumped out of the window” Alejano said in a facebook caption with an attached a CNN article.

In a report by CNN Philippines, it says that the 54-member party list coalition confirms support for whoever Duterte will choose as the new speaker of the House.

The group’s incoming president, 1-PACMAN party-list Rep. Mikee Romero, said it will be hard to go against Duterte’s preference for Speaker because the lawmaker he anoints is the likely winner.

This is a numbers game. This is the House of Representatives. Kung anong piliin ng Presidente tingin ko naman ‘yan rin ang mapipili dito,” Romero said Tuesday.

Earlier, Alejano already delivered his farewell speech on the last session day of the 17th Congress but promised that he would remain being a voice for the opposition even as a private citizen.

“I am bowing out of the 17th Congress proud of the Magdalo team for being true to its commitment of delivering balance in Congress as consistent voice of dissent, pushing for the advocacy of Magdalo in exposing anomalies in government, and bridging services to our constituents,” he said  in a statement

Alejano sought for a Senate seat in the last midterm election but failed. He is, however, proud of his accomplishments as a congressman.

“The Magdalo party-list ranked 1st in terms of number of originally authored bills and resolutions filed. We were also able to enact 27 laws in the 17th Congress, adding to our previous record of 13 enacted laws in the 16th Congress,”
 he said.

He also acknowledged the “challenges in the performance of our duty in calling out the government on detrimental policies including the EJKs under the war on drugs, Chinese incursions and abuses in the West Philippine Sea, TRAIN Law, extension of Martial Law, and issues of corruption in government among others.”

“The challenges include the filing of an impeachment and ICC complaints against the President. We cannot put a blind eye to the excesses and abuse of power,” he said.

“Lastly, even as a private citizen, which starts on the noon of June 30, I will continue to fight for the Filipino people and our country in every opportunity,” he added

If recalled, Alejano filed an impeachment case in 2017 against the President concerning the alleged EJKs, and being subservient to China, but the impeachment case was dismissed by the justice committee.

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