A LAWMAKER whose refusal to submit himself to a security check at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), which stirred controversy seemed to have gotten away with a slap on the wrist as his colleagues at the House of Representatives voted to penalize him with a “reprimand.”
Voting 159-1 with three abstentions, the House issued a reprimand to ACTS-OFW Rep. Aniceto Bertiz 3rd that Minority Leader Danilo Suarez said in a motion he filed was “commensurate with the act.”
“In response to the manifestation of Representative Bertiz, I respectfully move that the penalty to be imposed on him with regard to his offense should be a ‘reprimand’,” Suarez said during the plenary session on Wednesday.
Article 19 Section 140 of House rules states that an erring member may be censured or reprimanded with the concurrence of the majority of all members.
Bertiz apologized anew for his “inexcusable action,” a week after he filed House Resolution 2212 to direct the ethics committee to investigate the issue involving his alleged breach of security protocol at the NAIA Terminal 2, as seen in a controversial footage last September 30, which circulated on social media.
The video showed him threatening a screening officer after refusing to take off his shoes as part of the security procedures.
“Ako ay pulitiko, isang public figure, at nagkamali ako. Obligasyon at karapatan po ninyo na ako ay tuligsain. At ano man ang nais na parusa mula sa inyo, aking mga kasama, upang ituwid ang pagkakamaling iyon ay maluwag ko pong tatanggapin,” Bertiz said in his privilege speech.
(I am a politician, a public figure, and I made a mistake. It is your obligation and right to call me out. And whatever punishment coming from you, my colleagues, to correct my mistake, I will accept it wholeheartedly.)
“Inaasahan po natin na kasama ng pasyang ito, maaari na nating isara ang yugtong ito,” the lawmaker added.
(We are hoping that with this decision, the chapter of this incident will finally be closed.)
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