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Mace runner: Paola Alvarez could be disbarred for brazen move to delay Speaker change, sabotage SONA

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The daughter of ousted Speaker Bebot Alvarez could be disbarred for her impudence in hiding the mace of the House of Representatives and bragging about it on social media.

An Instagram post of Department of Finance Spokesperson and Assistant Secretary Paola Alvarez, an abogado, showing her holding the mace like a trophy inside her father’s office went viral and answered the lingering question since July 25 on where the missing mace was hidden.

An abogado, who declined to be identified, said Paola could be liable for violation of the Articles 143 and 144 of the Revised Penal Code which lays down the rules on crimes against popular representation.

Article 143 punishes all acts tending to prevent the meeting of an assembly and other bodies. Persons who by force or fraud prevent the meeting of Congress or any of its committees and constitutional commissions.

Article 144 punishes persons who disturb or interrupt meetings of Congress or any of its committees and constitutional commissions.

Aside from prison and fines, disruptors could also be liable for contempt by Congress.

The House could not proceed with the majority’s move to install former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as Speaker on July 25 because the mace, the official symbol of House meetings, was missing.

Bebot’s refusal to cede his post to Arroyo led to a 75-minute standoff which placed the President in an embarrassing situation broadcast live of television.

In a text message to Politiko, Paola saw nothing wrong with keeping the mace and rubbing it in the faces of her father’s rivals.

“Bakit po, ano po ang masama sa hawak ko na mace? Sa tingin ko po sa lahat ng nangayari dapat iginalang natin yun (SONA) kaso hindi,” Paola replied in a text message to Politiko.

“Maganda naman po ako di ba? Hahahaa,” Paola added.

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