House Minority calls for honest, violence-free election

Days before Christmas, we were shocked and deeply saddened by the death of one of our most active and vocal colleague here in Congress, our dear Congressman Rodel Batocabe. Rodel joined the Minority this year and displayed his dedication to public service. He was Vice Chairman of several Committees—Dangerous Drugs, Good Government and Public Accountability, and Natural Resources. Rodel was known to be kind and amicable to everyone—to his colleagues and staff members.

Congressman Rodel was set to run as Mayor in Daraga in the coming 2019 elections. In this context, the Minority states that there is no place for violence in the exercise of suffrage and democracy.

We call on the Philippine National Police and other law enforcement agencies to hasten its investigation so that the perpetrators of this unspeakable crime be brought to justice.

It is unfortunate that 2018 is leaving us with heavy hearts. But as we approach the new year, the Minority vows to be more active in discussions and legislative investigations. We are on the last stretch in the 17th Congress. Election period will soon commence. In memory of Congressman Rodel Batocabe, who died a true public servant, the Minority calls for an honest and violence-free election.

SOURCE: Minority Press Statement. Press and Public Affairs Bureau of the House of Representatives. 27 December 2018 02:32:17 PM. www.congress.gov.ph/press/details.php?pressid=11147

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