Congressmen lose their cool during committee hearing

Ladies and gentlemen, our lawmakers.


( Two lawmakers almost came to blows during the hearing of the constitutional amendments committee at the House of Representatives as they were discussing the mode of charter change in Congress on Wednesday, October 12.


The near-brawl started when Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero Pichay Jr. gave a proposal to amend a resolution and get the Senate’s opinion on the matter, GMA News reported. Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Barbers went on to say, “This is a point of order. Let us not be entertaining senseless motions, those are stupid motions. Let’s not pretend to be constitutionalists here.”



At this point, tension between the two escalated, resulting in the suspension of the hearing to cool things off. However, Barbers rose from his seat and approached Pichay who was seated on the other side of the room. They both started hurling expletives at each other and were at the verge of a brawl when they were separated by fellow lawmakers and security personnel. The hearing was also immediately adjourned afterwards.



Meanwhile, the Inquirer reported that Barbers apologized for his actions but stated that his apology was directed not to Pichay but to the public. “Sorry sa taumbayan. Uncalled for ‘yong ginawa ko. Kasi siyempre it was just a verbal altercation. Wala namang physical na nangyari. Kung may nasagasaan ako, humihingi ako ng patawad,” he said.


Pichay for his part said Barbers should apologize instead to the whole Congress for his actions. He added that he will file an ethics complaint against Barbers.

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