MANILA -- The House of Representatives got involved in a last day drama due to an argument over the quorum.

Deputy Speaker Janet Garin and Bayan Muna Representative Teddy Casiño said the Cebu bloc mostly allied with Lakas-Kampi-CMD are blocking Liberal Party bet Celestino Martinez from being sworn in as Cebu 4th district representative.

Garin said that various camps are lobbying for different bills to be ratified or tackled first in the House.

Surigao del Sur Representative Philip Pichay motion for a roll call at 4 p.m. The House suspended session and resumed more than an hour after.

The roll call resulted to a 91 attendance.

Pangasinan Representative Mark Cojuangco insisted right away that there is a quorum. He suffered hypertension after the heated argument. Medics rushed while an ambulance was on standby outside the plenary hall.

“There is a quorum in this House! There is a quorum in this House! There is a move to subvert the constitution. Five minutes ago, over 138 are present!," Cojuangco shouted.

Cebu 2nd district Representative Pablo Garcia of Lakas-Kampi-CMD countered the statement and said that the first call should be followed.

Due to this, bills that only need to be ratified such as the Freedom of Information Act and Immigration law have been held hostage.

Members of the audience shouted "Ratify FOI!" after the session was suspended. They were escorted out of the hall while Akbayan Representative Walden Bello appealed to let them stay. His microphone however was turned off. (Angela Casauay/Sunnex)