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Pichay files ethics complaint against Barbers after near-brawl

  • Written by Jester P. Manalastas
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FEW weeks after they engaged in a verbal tussle and near fistfight, Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero Pichay filed an ethics complaint against Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Barbers.

In an eight-page complaint, Pichay said Barbers’ action is a gross violation of the Rules on Conduct of the House of Representatives.

Pichay said Barbers’ acts constitute a disorderly behavior and can be considered a dishonorable act not only against him but the entire institution.

Pichay told the Ethics Committee that Barbers is guilty of violation of Sec. 139 Rules 19 of the House Rules of the House of Representatives and appropriate penalties must be imposed.

This is first time in the history of House of Representatives that a lawmaker filed complaint against his colleague.
   
In a separate interview, Barbers said he is already expecting the complaint of Pichay and is ready to face it.
   
However, Barbers said he is also filing ethics complaint against Pichay.
   
Barbers refused to disclose the basis of his complaint but said it is something more meaty and meaningful.
   
Last October 12, the two solons joined the Charter change (Cha-cha) hearing and enganged in a shouting match.
   
Pichay was proposing to the Committee on Constitutional Amendments to invite Senate in a joint committee hearing  since the decision of amending the Constitution requires 3/4 votes of Congress.
   
At this point, Barbers asked the committee not to accept Pichay’s statement and even called it “stupid” and senseless.
   
The heated argument prompted committee chairman Rep. Roger Mercado to suspend the hearing.
   
During the break, Barbers approached Pichay and confronted him about his motion.
   
Pichay said Barbers hurled invectives at him while pointing to him.
   
It was Pangasinan Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas who pacified them.
   
After the incident, Barbers  apologized for his wrong behavior.