By Ellson Quismorio
Controversial congressman Aniceto “John” Bertiz III is still a nominee of ACTS-OFW Party-List in the midterm elections slated for next year.
“I was voted one of the nominees of the party still for the 2019 polls,” Bertiz told House reporters Wednesday during the Minority Bloc’s weekly press conference.
Bertiz, who sat quietly with his head down during much of the presser, was asked by a reporter about his plans for the upcoming elections.
The solon has been a headline-grabber since late September or after surveillance cameras captured him bullying and shoving his ID at a security personnel at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2.
The reason for Bertiz’s hostility? He was accosted for refusing to remove his shoes during routine body check. From then on, Bertiz has been the favorite subject of online trolls and the usual punchline on jokes about misbehaving congressmen.
Apparently, the selection process for the pro-Overseas Filipino worker (OFW) group began before that fateful September day when Bertiz became an overnight celebrity.
“Actually as the chairman of ACTS-OFW Party-List, there was, prior to this incident at the airport, there was a…we underwent the process of selection through the general assembly which all of the majority of the board and its member consisting of 2,700-something attended,” Bertiz explained.
“They (party-list members) were the ones who chose the nominees, it was not us,” he stressed.
Bertiz quickly apologized for the airport incident, but committed the faux pas of comparing his attitude to a woman on her monthly period.
An older video of Bertiz, this time mouthing off on an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) during a dialogue in Hong Kong, also made rounds online. He reportedly gatecrashed the dialogue as he was uninvited.
Bertiz is a rookie solon in the current 17th Congress.