- Kabayan Party List has removed lawyer Harry Roque as its member and representative
- His removal stemmed from the alleged controversial questioning during a House probe last year
- Roque, however, dismissed his expulsion as a violation of the party’s constitution and by-laws
MANILA, Philippines – Following his controversial questioning during a Lower House investigation over the alleged National Bilibid Prison (NBP) drug deals, lawyer Harry Roque was removed by the Kabayan Party List, both as a member and its representative.
In a statement released to the media on Tuesday, January 24, Kabayan said Roque’s “propounding irrelevant, vulgar, and sexist questions” and his behavior and statements at the said hearing has “gravely affected the moral sensibilities” of the party members and its supporters.
“Because of Harry Roque’s acts and pronouncements without the prior approval of the Board, the reputation of Kabayan party-list as a party engaged in principled advocacies was/is being gravely tarnished,” the statement read.
“Serious doubts were cast on the genuineness of Kabayan party-list on its ability to deliver its core advocacies,” it added.
Accordingly, the Kabayan party and its members have lost their trust and confidence in Roque’s ability “to genuinely advance the core advocacies of the party-list.”
But Roque said his removal from the party as a member and its representative supposedly violates the party’s constitution and by-laws. Also, he added, he was never sent a copy of the resolution but only learned about it in the media.
“The fact that the notice of removal was sent to the media but not to me or my office just goes to show that the people behind this plot are after media mileage, not the interest of the party,” Roque’s statement read.
He has also filed a petition with the Commission on Elections (Comelier) compelling the party to hold a party congress “so that the issue of the rightful leadership of the party can be settled legally.”