Alvarez: Word war with senators not serious, just for fun

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 25) — House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez downplayed a heated exchange between him and some senators and said this was a normal exchange between lawmakers.

"Hindi naman seryoso yun na nag-aaway. Normal lang. Para lang may fireworks, [para] meron kayong pagkakatuwaan. Pag kasi wala yun, hindi naman kayo mag-eenjoy," Alvarez said.

[Translation: It's not a serious fight. It's just normal so there would be fireworks, so there would be fun. Without that, you won't be able to enjoy.]

Alvarez and some senators locked horns in the past days after the House Speaker insisted on a joint session and joint voting with the Senate when they tackle charter change.

Some senators, however, maintained voting should be separate.

This did not sit well with Alvarez, who said the House of Representatives will proceed with charter change without the Senate.

This prompted some senators to call the House Speaker "pathetic" and a "bully".

The Senate and the House of Representatives are conducting separate hearings on proposed changes to the Constitution to establish a federal form of government, among others.