By Ellson Quismorio
The leader of the 46-strong Party-list Coalition is leaving it up to the proper House committee whether or not to discipline ACTS-OFW Party-list Rep. Aniceto “John” Bertiz III, whose recent antics have landed him on the headlines of both mainstream and social media.
AKO-Bicol Party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe specifically pointed to the committee on ethics and privileges as the body that could possibly straighten up the controversial lawmaker.
“It is up to the House ethics committee whether [or not] to initiate the necessary [disciplinary action] against Congressman Bertiz,” said Batocabe, who is a third-term congressman.
The 12-member Ethics panel is chaired by AGRI Party-list Rep. Delphine Gan Lee. It should be noted that the committee can only act against a House member if someone files an ethics case against him or her.
Batocabe and Bertiz are both part of the House minority bloc headed by Quezon 3rd district Rep. Danilo Suarez.
Viral videos over the weekend showed the ACTS-OFW Party-list lone nominee seemingly bullying a security personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after the latter accosted him for refusing to remove his shoes during body check. The incident took place Saturday morning.
At one point in the video, Bertiz shoved his ID in the face of the security aide before swiping at the latter’s jacket as if to look for his own identification.
“I offer no excuse. I am sincerely sorry for my actions,” he said in a statement on Sunday.
Last week, Bertiz also apologized for his remarks before newly proclaimed engineers wherein he joked that they would not be getting their licenses if they did not know Special Assistant to President Christopher “Bong” Go.
A video of the joke also went viral.