House won’t remove members pending final decision on cases –SecGen

The House of Representative will not yet action on recent decisions removing certain House members from their post pending final court ruling, House Secretary General Reginald Velasco said Tuesday.

Velasco was referring to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) decision cancelling the registration of An-Waray party-list for allowing a second nominee, Isabel Noel, to sit as a member of Congress from 2016 to 2019 without the proper authority. =

Another case involves the Supreme Court ruling voiding the proclamation of Romeo Jalosjos Jr. as Zamboanga City first district representative.

“We are still waiting for formal communication [from Comelec on An-Waray], because there is a process here. There’s still motion for reconsideration. So until the final judgment and we receive it official, then that is the time we will act,” Velasco said.

The same ruling, Velasco said, is applicable on the Zamboanga city case.

“Even if the decision came from the SC, the advice [of enforcement] would have to come from Comelec. Whatever the decision of the SC, it has to be affirmed by the Comelec and officially communicated to us,” he added.

An-Waray party-list is currently represented by Florencio Noel.–LDF, GMA Integrated News

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