A party-list group rocked by internal dissension on Wednesday urged a nominee who has abandoned the group to formalize his resignation from the party and stop receiving salaries, benefits and other emoluments given to the members of the House of Representatives.
Lawyer Jose Bartholomew Buenagua of Ang Probinsyano Party-List at the same time, urged former Ang Probinsyano party-list nominee Ronnie Ong to submit his resignation as well as documents proving that the House has approved such resignation.
“We would like to state that Rep. Ronnie L. Ong, while publicly claiming he has resigned from Ang Probinsyano and has joined a new party list, has not yet submitted any formal resignation notice, document, or communication to our party,” Buenagua said in a statement.
“It is to be noted that Rep. Ronnie L. Ong’s membership to the House of Representatives is contingent on his membership to Ang Probinsyano. We would like to emphasize too that, as of writing, Rep. Ronnie L. Ong still enjoys all the benefits and privileges of a Representative under Ang Probinsyano.
“Relevantly, as of January 17, 2022, Rep. Ronnie L. Ong was still called on the official roll call during the plenary session of the House of Representative as the representative of Ang Probinsyano.”
“In light of these, we urge Rep. Ronnie L. Ong to present proof of his resignation to our party, stay true to his commitment and work together for a peaceful transition in the Party,” the Buenagua statement added.
Ong announced late last year that he had transferred to the Alliance of Public Transport Operators party-list as the sectors it represents are “aligned with our advocacies and the sectors we wanted to serve.”