(L-R) De La Salle College of Law dean Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno, Senator Bam Aquino and former Quezon representative Erin Tañada
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Liberal Party (LP) has announced on Tuesday, September 25, its three official candidates for the 2019 senatorial race.
The event was led by Former President Benigno Aquino III and Vice President Leni Robredo.
The three candidates are incumbent Senator Bam Aquino, De La Salle College of Law dean Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno and former House deputy speaker and Quezon representative Erin Tañada.
Among the issues they want to focus on include the lowering of prices of commodities, protection of human rights and free legal services among others.
“Marami tayong hinaharap na problema at marami pa tayong haharapin na baka lalong lumalang problema at talagang lalala yan pag tayo ay nagkamali ng itatalaga natin kaya dapat talaga mamili tayo ng itataguyod ang interes nating lahat,” said former President Aquino during LP’s national executive council meeting in Quezon City.
For her part, Robredo said being an LP member at this time is a challenge because of various criticisms plus its low rankings in surveys.
Nevertheless, Robredo cited the sudden turn of events during her time in 2016 when she was receiving less support in surveys but her votes rocketed during the actual election.
“Maaga pa para pag-usapan ang chances kasi in the middle of the campaign season umiiba ang ihip ng hangin nakita natin un nung 2016 presidential at vice presidential election,” said Rebredo.
Meanwhile, LP is likely to issue the rest of its senatorial slate on October 11, on the day of the filing of certificate of candidacy.
LP is considering former Bangsamoro Transition Committee member Samira Gutoc to be one of them. — Marje Pelayo (with reports from Grace Casin)
Makabayan bloc joins LP solons in a battle for House minority
FILE PHOTO: Members of the House of Representatives attend the opening session of the 17th Congress to cast votes for their new leaders. Kenji Hasegawa/Photoville International)
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Three groups emerged as contenders in the ongoing “minority squabble” in the House of Representatives following the sudden change in the House leadership.
Liberal Party (LP) lawmakers and members of the independent minority and the Makabayan bloc joined forces to form what they call as the “duly constituted” minority group, composed of 22 members.
The chosen head of the group, Marikina City Representative Miro Quimbo, informed Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in a letter today (July 30) that they already formed the “official” minority of the House.
Based on House rules, lawmakers who did not vote for the elected House Speaker shall become a member of the minority.
Another group led by Camarines Sur Representative Rolando Andaya also claims to have sent a letter to the Office of the Speaker seeking the official recognition as House minority.
Meanwhile, Quezon Representative Danilo Suarez remains as House Minority Leader despite being among the front-runners of Arroyo’s speakership.
AKO Bicol Rep Rodel Batocabe suggested that the House decides through plenary voting since there are three groups vying for the minority bloc.
“Ideklara ng minority na vacant ang kanilang leadership then mag-select sila, mag elect sila ng kanilang minority leader,” said Batocabe.
Currently, LP has 22 congressmen, Suarez has 18, and ousted Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has 25. – Grace Casin / Marje Pelayo