After the resignation of Vice President Leni Robredo from the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte, the Liberal Party is rethinking its next political plans, as it considers a separation from the majority blocs in the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Senator Francis Pangilinan, acting party president, met with some LP senators, including Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon and Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, on Monday, December 5, to discuss their next steps. Senator Leila de Lima was unable to join them, as she was at a Senate probe.
“Well, this afternoon I met with the senators although we were not complete. And then tomorrow I’ll be sitting down with members of the House. There is no firmed up decision yet,” Pangilinan said in a mix of English and Filipino.
Pangilinan is set to meet with party mates in Congress and in local government units until Wednesday, December 7. The current leadership, he said, would also consult former president and LP stalwart Benigno Aquino III.
With Robredo’s resignation, Pangilinan maintained the LP bloc in the Senate would continue to be “critical” of the Duterte administration. The President earlier accused the party of plotting his ouster – an allegation that the LP denied.
“We will continue to maintain our independence as a Senate bloc. We will be critical and we will oppose positions or issues that we believe should be opposed, as we have done in the past,” Pangilinan said.
Among the issues the LP senators are opposing are the administration’s plan to lower the age of criminal responsibility, extrajudicial killings, and the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, among others.