The Kabayan Partylist has decided to remove Attorney Harry Roque as their representative in the House of Representatives, the partylist said today. The decision was made by the group’s Board of Trustees, the same body that approved Roque’s nomination during the 2016 election.

“The Board of Trustees of Kabayan Partylist, in Resolution No. 2017-001 (dated January 12, 2017), signed by a majority of the twelve (12) members of the Board of Trustees of Kabayan Partylist [10 approved, 2 abstained), removed Atty. Herminio “Harry” L. Roque, Jr. as the member of Kabayan Partylist, and consequently, from representing Kabayan Partylist in the House of Representatives,” the partylist said.

“The Board adopted the Committee Report (dated January 11, 2017), which found Atty. Roque’s behavior, acts, and statements as severely damaging to the Partylist, and recommended the immediate removal of Atty. Roque as the member of Kabayan Partylist pursuant to Article VIII of Kabayan Partylist By-Laws, and consequently, from representing Kabayan Partylist in the House of Representatives,” the group said.

“Harry Roque’s behavior and statements during the November 24, 2016, hearing have gravely affected the moral sensibilities of Kabayan Partylist members and supporters,” the partylist said pertaining to the hearing on proliferation drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison during former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s stint.