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1-Pacman party-list group officials have assured their full support to their beleaguered Rep. Mikee Romero.
Romero, the party-list group’s first nominee, is being hounded by a qualified theft case filed against him by his father Reghis Romero II, resulting to a warrant of arrest issued by a Manila court.
“We at the 1-Pacman party-list are 101 percent behind Congressman Romero and we do not believe that the issues being hurled against him are enough to erode the trust reposed upon him by the more than one million supporters who voted to support the advocacies of the party in the last national elections,” said the party-list second nominee Rep. Enrico Pineda.
House Majority Leader Ro-dolfo Fariñas also stressed that Romero can keep his House seat despite missing several sessions due to the court case the neophyte congressman is facing, despite his earlier statement citing the power of Romero’s party to expel their own congressman as long as it is backed by legal grounds.
Pineda reminded critics that Romero’s case is similar to other lawmakers then and now who went on to fulfill their lawmaking duties despite being jailed while facing court cases.
Most notable of which were Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV and former President now Pampanga Rep. Gloria M. Arroyo who both were incarcerated while occupying their respective positions.
“We have no intentions of removing Congressman Romero and we will not entertain any move that will call for his ouster from the party and the House of Representatives,” added Pineda.
Pineda is also hopeful the feud between father and son will soon be settled.
1-Pacman won seats in last year’s national elections with Romero being its top nominee.
The youthful Romero, who has been an avid supporter of the country’s national teams in sports such as cycling, baseball, and shooting, is also the current chairman of the Philippine Basketball Association by way of his ballclub the GlobalPort Batang Pier. (Ben R. Rosario)