Liberal Party’s opposition coalition with Vice President Leni Robredo
MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo has formally endorsed the eight senatorial aspirants who will complete the opposition coalition slate of the Liberal Party.
They are namely former Cong. Erin Tañada, Bangsamoro Transition Commission member Sam Gutoc, human rights lawyer Atty. Chel Diokno, election lawyer Atty. Romulo Macalintal, Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, former Solicitor-General Florin Hilbay, Senator Bam Aquino and former Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.
Former President Noynoy Aquino, senators Riza Hontiveros, Kiko Pangilinan and Antonio Trillanes IV were also present at the presentation during the presentation.
The LP confirmed that talks with other political parties and independent candidates are ongoing and they expect to complete their slate in the coming days.
“Buhay na buhay po ang oposisyon sa lahat ng andito ngayon na handang ipaglaban ang walo na isasabak natin sa darating na eleksyon,” said the vice president.
Meanwhile, the ruling party, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas Ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) has yet to announce its official senatorial slate.
Other senatorial hopefuls have declared to run independently while other aspirants will run under their respective parties such as the Nacionalista, Una, Lakas-CMD, Makabayan Coalition, National People’s Coalition, Pwersa Ng Masang Pilipino, People’s Reform Party and Laban Demokratikong Pilipino.
The Commission on Elections is expected to release on December 16 the official list of candidates for the May 2019 midterm polls. — Grace Casin
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Friday denied involvement in the filing of sedition charges against Vice President Leni Robredo and other known opposition figures over the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” video series.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo insisted that the Palace had nothing to do with the complaint, when asked if the move is part of the Duterte administration’s “crackdown” against the opposition group.
“We have nothing to do with this case. None at all,” Panelo said in a statement.
The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) on Thursday filed the complaint before the Department of Justice (DOJ) in connection with videos, where a certain Bikoy linked members of the Duterte family to the narcotics trade.
Peter Joemel Advincula, who claimed to be the hooded figure “Bikoy” in the videos, was named in the complaint as a witness and respondent.
Aside from Robredo, other named respondents in the complaint were former Senators Bam Aquino, Antonio Trillanes IV, Senators Risa Hontiveros, Leila de Lima and members of the Otso Diretso senatorial slate.
Cyber libel, estafa, and obstruction of justice charges were also filed by the police against a total of 38 respondents.
The Liberal Party (LP) has branded the filing of sedition charges against Vice President Leni Robredo, bishops, and the opposition as a form of “harassment” and “persecution”.
Opposition Senator Francis Pangilinan said the charges are false and lack basis.
“Political harassment at persecution ang ginawang pagsampa ng kaso ng sedition, inciting to sedition, at kung anu-ano pa kina Vice President Leni Robredo at sa ating mga kaalyado sa Senado at sa mga kandidato natin sa Otso Diretso, at maging sa mga sumuporta sa ating mga taong-simbahan, (The sedition charges, inciting to sedition, and other cases filed against Vice President Leni Robredo and our allies in the senate, as well as the Otso Diretso candidates and bishops is a form of political harassment and persecution)” he said in a statement.
Pangilinan added the ‘enemies of democracy’ are using the charges against VP Leni because she is the only one stopping them from continuing “extrajudicial killings”, and selling the Philippines to China.—AAC
UPDATE: Congressman Kit Belmonte also has resigned as LP Secretary General.
Senator Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan has resigned as Liberal Party (LP) president after holding himself accountable for the defeat of Otso Diretso in the elections.
“As campaign manager for the Otso Diretso slate, I was unable to ensure our victory in the elections and I therefore assume full responsibility for the outcome and hold myself primarily accountable for this defeat and have tendered my resignation as president of the LP effective June 30, 2019,” Pangilinan said in a news release.
Pangilinan already handed his resignation letter to LP Chairperson Vice President Leni Robredo.
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