LP’s explain abstention in Speakership vote

Published July 24, 2018, 3:43 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Mario Casayuran

The opposition Liberal Party (LP) said on Tuesday it respects the position taken by his 12 party members on their decision to abstain from the choice of Speaker in last Monday’s House of Representatives power grab drama.

 Sen. Francis Pangilinan (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
Sen. Francis Pangilinan
(MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

‘’The maneuverings show the underbelly of politics that turn good people off from serving in government. The battle for House speakership is political infighting among those in the administration. The Liberal Party does not wish to be part of this spectacle,’’ said Sen. Francis Pangilinan, party President.

‘’As opposition, we remain critical, particularly on issues and concerns of ordinary Filipinos, who have been left behind as mere spectators in this political fight,’’ he added.

Former President Gloria Macapagal, congresswoman from Pampanga, ousted Davao Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez as House Speaker just before President Duterte was scheduled to deliver his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday.

 
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