CPA-abogado Eugene de Vera kicked out of Batasan

The House of Representatives on Monday afternoon removed ABS party-list Rep. Eugene de Vera as member of the 17th Congress.

In his manifestation during the plenary session, Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. said he received communication from ABS party-list
president Catalina Leonen-Pizarro that de Vera, a certified public accountant-lawyer, has been expelled as a member of the party-list.

He further cited a Commission on Elections en banc resolution, stating that the matter of de Vera’s expulsion was within the House’s jurisdiction and covered by its rules and regulations.

“May I request that the Secretary General be instructed to drop from the roll of members of the House of Representatives, Representative
Eugene Michael B. de Vera, and allow the nominee-next-in-line of the ABS party-list, the honorable Ulysses G. Garces, to take his oath as member of the House and Representative of the ABS party-list,” Andaya said.

De Vera contested the manifestation, arguing that only the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal has jurisdiction on qualification issues, including bona fide membership in a party-list group.

“A mere letter cannot be a basis for unseating me from this august chamber,” de Vera said. (PNA)

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