Baguilat's plea over House leadership row junked

THE Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed the petition filed by Ifugao Representative Teddy Brawner Baguilat Jr. aimed at proclaiming him the House minority leader by the virtue of tradition.

In an en banc session Tuesday, the SC unanimously junked Baguilat's plea as he and the other petitioners "were not entitled to the reliefs sought."

Further reasons behind the ground cited by the SC were not disclosed.

The SC, through the ponencia of Associate Justice Perlas Bernabe noted, however, that the dismissal of Baguilat's petition is "without prejudice to any other controversy involving the internal rules of the House of Representatives presented in a proper case seeking judicial review."

Baguilat lost the minority leadership race to Quezon Representative Danilo Suarez, who was elected by those who did not vote for House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

Baguilat told the SC that since he was the second runner up in the speakership election, he should have been proclaimed as the minority leader, not Suarez.

Aside from Baguilat also named petitioners were congressmen belonging to the so-called 'Magnificent 7' house representatives Edcel Lagman, Raul Daza, Edgar Erice, Emmanuel Billones, Tomasito Villarin and Gary Alejano. (SunStar Philippines)
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