CLAIMING they are the authentic Minority Group, seven opposition solons have filed a petition for mandamus before the Supreme Court, with high hopes that the question of which minority group is legitimate will be resolved by another branch of government.
Calling themselves the House Minority Magnificent 7, the group wants the SC to recognize Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat Jr. as the real Minority Leader and not Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez.
Petitioners who constitute the authentic minority said they are the real oppositionists in the House as shown by their consistent advocacies and pronouncements critical of the administration and the majority.
During the opening of 17th Congress on July 25, Baguilat and Suarez lost to Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez in the speakership race.
Baguilat got eight votes while Suarez got seven. In the previous Congresses, a candidate who got the second biggest vote was automatically the Minority Leader.