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‘Walang politika, trabaho lang’: Tagum mayor seeks House expulsion of ‘friend’ Alvarez

By Billy Begas

Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy sought the expulsion of former Speaker and incumbent Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez from the House of Representatives.

In an interview at the sidelines of the House Committee on Ethics and Privileges on Thursday, Uy said he and Alvarez are “best of friends.”

“Walang pulitika ito, trabaho lang. I’ve been in politics since 1988. Yeah, since 1988, wala po akong minura. I respect all my colleagues, I respect my co-public officials…We are best of friends, magkasama kami 2019 na elections,” Uy said.

But the statements Alvarez made against other politicians in the province and his call for the Armed Forces of the Philippines to withdraw their support from President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. were “too much”.

“Yeah, because that’s too much, ‘wag nating gagawin ‘yong freedom of expression na maski ano na lang ang i-sabi natin sa mga kapwa nating mga official,” Uy said.

“Freedom of expression is not absolute, kaya may batas tayong libel eh, hindi ka basta-bastang mag-mura na lang dito maski sino,” he added.

Alvarez was also accused of neglecting his duty as a representative for failing to physically attend plenary sessions and committee hearings. However, the committee dismissed this complaint due to lack of evidence.

The committee will continue deliberating the complaint next week.

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