By: Elena Grace Flores
Gentlemen unbecoming? Are the insults, fistfights and brawls in congress tolerable given their high positions in public office? Well, this is not new. It happens in other countries too. After all, congressmen are still human.
[VIDEO]: Caught on Cam! Various images in the recent conflict between Congressmen Pichay and Barbers at the Lower House that is quite shameful for their positions.
In the House of Representatives on Wednesday, an argument nearly turned into a fistfight between Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Barbers and Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero Pichay.
Pichay was opposing the proposal of Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwendolyn Garcia, for Congress to convene itself as a constituent assembly. He instead proposed that Congress decide as a body of two chambers, by first inviting Senators to the House of Representatives. This did not sit well with Barbers.
“Let us not entertain senseless motions… Let us not pretend to be Constitutionalists here,” Barbers said addressing the committee.
To which Pichay replied: “We are not pretending to be Constutionalists.”
The incident prompted Committee on Constitutional Amendments Chairman Roger Mercado to go into a short break.
But that didn’t stop Barbers from confronting Pichay.
Cursing and Fingering at Congress, not Amateur-Boxing
Barbers stood up from his seat, approached Pichay and cursed him. Pichay retaliated, pushing Barber’s pointing finger at Pichay.
It could have resulted into a fistfight if not for Pangasinan Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas, who intervened.
Kabayan party list Rep. Harry Roque immediately moved to adjourn the hearing. So much for that, better watch an amateur-boxing match.