- House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez laughed off the possibility of losing his license to practice law for ethical reason
- Alvarez earlier admitted he has a girlfriend
- Controversy came to light after Alvarez filed a graft complaint against Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr.
For his admission on having a girlfriend, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez laughed off the possibility of losing his license to practice law for ethical reason.
“Kung meron silang nakikitang issues, ipapa-disbar ako for having a girlfriend, eh ‘di go ahead! Mag-file sila ng complaint,” Alvarez, who is married, was quoted saying in an article published by GMA News Online.
[If they see issues, disbar me for having a girlfriend, then go ahead. They should file a complaint.]
In addition to his statement, he said: “Baka walang matirang abogado!” [No lawyer might be left.]
With this, a reporter was prompted to ask on record if this is an admission to having another relationship. Alvarez replied: “Diyos ko naman. Kayo naman… Sino bang walang girlfriend?”
[My God..Who doesn’t have a girlfriend?]
The recent controversy came to light after Alvarez filed a graft complaint against Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr., over his links to the Tagum Agricultural Development Company, Inc. (TADECO) and the Anflo Management and Investment Corporation (ANFLOCOR).
As such, a House inquiry will be called on the joint venture between TADECO and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).
Before the issue came out in the open, Alvarez and Floirendo used to be close pals. Allegedly, the falling out began because of a fight between Floirendo’s partner Cathy Binag and Alvarez’ girlfriend Jennifer Vicencio.
Reportedly, the quarrel started because Floirendo was leading an ouster plot against Alvarez to clear the speakership for former president and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
For his part, Floirendo denied that he is moving to unseat Alvarez.
Meanwhile, Binag, in a separate statement, confirmed that she and Vicencio had a fight. She, however, said it would be “petty” if that prompted the Speaker to file a complaint.
As claimed by Binag, the relationship of the two officials turned sour after Alvarez’s wife, Emelita, and their children sought the couple’s help over the Speaker’s womanizing.
Earlier, Alvarez admitted that he and his wife are separated. “Matagal na po kaming hindi nag-uusap, sa totoo lang,” he said.
[Truth is, we are no longer in speaking terms.]