Party-list probes mauling raps vs nominee

THE Ang Probinsyano Party-list on Thursday vowed to suspend or remove its first nominee, Rep. Alfred Delos Santos, should they establish in their investigation that the party-list solon is guilty of allegedly attacking a 20-year-old restaurant employee in Legazpi City.

Ang Probinsyano Party-list spokesman Atty. Joco Sabio said their party is now conducting its own impartial probe into what really took place at a diner in Legazpi City last July 7, adding it will not tolerate any abuse of authority even among its nominees.

Delos Santos allegedly threw a punch at Christian Kent Alejo, an employee at Biggs Diner in Old Albay District, Legazpi City, who evaded the attack that was reportedly unprovoked at around 3:40 a.m. last Monday.

“Definitely we will not tolerate any kind of abuse in our party. We will not hesitate to suspend or even remove Congressman Delos Santos if we establish that this was an unprovoked attack,” said Sabio.

“Just like everyone else, the party is concerned and really disappointed with what happened. We are not taking this sitting down and we are taking all the necessary steps so that this will not happen again in the future,” Sabio added.

However, Sabio stressed that Delos Santos still deserves to be given the chance to explain himself so that the party can fairly decide on what course of action to take.

“Despite all the flak that our party is getting because of this incident, we will still accord Rep. Delos Santos the right to due process,” said Sabio.

“I would like to make it very clear however that Rep. Delos Santos is our nominee but he is not the entire representation of the Ang Probinsyano Party-list.  His actions and his decisions are his own and should not reflect on Ang Probinsyano as a party and as an organization,” Sabio stressed.