By Junex Doronio
MANILA — For crying over stripped chairmanship, Laguna Congressman Dan Fernandez has assailed Anakalusugan Representative Mike Defensor saying that such gripe would only cause disunity at the lower chamber of Congress.
“Ano ba ang problema mo kung tinanggal ka ni Speaker (Lord) Allan Velasco bilang Chairman ng Public Accounts? Bakit ba masyado kang apektado at para bang sinisisi mo ang ating Speaker sa kanyang desisyon naalisin at palitan ka?” Fernandez asked Defensor in an open letter that the Laguna lawmaker posted in his Facebook account.
The erstwhile movie actor explained to the former student activist that it is the prerogative of the Speaker to replace the chairman of the House committees and Defensor should respect it.
“Hindi ba yun naman ang usapan nila with Former Speaker Alan Cayetano at PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte)? Na walang tatangalin kundi sya lang at Chair ng Accounts? Hindi mo ba nasakyan yon? Pambihira ka naman. Humihina na ata ang common sense mo,” Fernandez berated Defensor.
He said the reason why Defensor was sacked as chairman of the House Committee on Public Accounts and Cong. Jonathan (Sy-Alvarado) as chairman of the Committee on Good Government and others who were close to Cayetano because they have been remiss of their obligations.
“Wala naman kayong naimbestigahang maayos tulad sa mataas na singil ng tubig, kuryente, mabagal na internet, SAP distribution, Philhealth, Telecom at iba pa. Ang totoo nyan, nung nag-iimbestiga tayo about telecom at nabangit ang BEL TELECOM na pag-aari ng malapit sa kanya (Cayetano) ay pinatigil ang imbestigasyon mo at sa susunod na taon na daw mag-imbestiga?” Fernandez reminded Defensor.
The Laguna solon claimed that it is only under the present leadership of Velasco that the House of Representatives has become united and cohesive.
Earlier, Defensor denounced his sacking as chairman of the Public Accounts committee at the Lower Chamber.
“It is important that we as the House of Representatives protect the Filipino people’s trust in us as their elected officials. However, Speaker [Lord Allan] Velasco’s leadership is causing distrust of the Congress among Filipinos,” Defensor fumed after Velasco stripped him of his chairmanship. (AI/MTVN)