Dialogs and open deliberations amid a Congressional session are not irregular – and these can get entirely warmed.
Be that as it may, on the primary day of a sanction change hearing at the House of Representatives on Wednesday, a contention almost transformed into a fistfight between Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Barbers and Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero Pichay.
Pichay was contradicting the proposition of Cebu third District Representative Gwendolyn Garcia, for Congress to gather itself as a constituent get together.
He rather suggested that Congress choose as an assemblage of two chambers, by first welcoming Senators to the House of Representatives. This did not sit well with Barbers.
“Let us not entertain senseless motions… Let us not pretend to be Constitutionalists here,” Barbers said addressing the committee.
To which Pichay replied: “We are not pretending to be Constutionalists.”
The episode provoked Committee on Constitutional Amendments Chairman Roger Mercado to go into a short break.
In any case, that didn’t prevent Barbers from going up against Pichay.
Barbers stood up from his seat, drew nearer Pichay and reviled him. Pichay struck back, pushing Barber’s guiding finger at Pichay.
It could have come about into a fistfight notwithstanding Pangasinan Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas, who interceded.
Kabayan party list Rep. Harry Roque quickly moved to defer the hearing.
Shortly after the incident, Pichay asked Barbers to apologize for his “unparliamentary acts.”
“Not to me. To the institution. Because this is an institution where everybody should act as a statesman. Hindi ito palengke, [This is not a public market]” Pichay said.
Roque, then, trusts that notwithstanding the hullabaloo, the administrators still had a productive hearing on charter change.
Watch the video below:
Muntik nang magpang-abot sina Cong Robert Barbers at Cong Prospero Pichay sa pagdinig sa Chacha pic.twitter.com/9k1XMsFzL4
— robert mano (@robertmanodzmm) October 12, 2016