VP keeps hands off LP decisions in HOR

Published June 27, 2019, 4:21 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Raymund Antonio

Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni “Robredo is keeping her hands off the decision of Liberal Party congressmen on who to support in the House speakership race.

Vice President Leni Robredo (Photo by Charlie Villegas / OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)
Vice President Leni Robredo (Photo by Charlie Villegas / OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)

Robredo, who is the chairperson of the opposition Liberal Party, said she does not meddle in the affairs of her partymates in the House of Representatives.

“Actually, hindi ko pinapakialaman iyong mga miyembro ng Liberal Party sa kanilang mga desisyon. Nire-respeto naman natin iyong desisyon nila,” she said in the GMA7 morning new show “Unang Hirit.”

(Actually, I don’t interfere with the decision of Liberal Party members. I respect whatever is their decision.)

The Vice President was asked to comment in the wake of the presence of some LP congressmen at the multi-party caucus on Wednesday held by speakership contender and Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez in Quezon City.

Present at the meeting were Caloocan City 2nd District Rep. Edgar Erice, Quezon City 6th District Rep. Kit Belmonte, and Northern Samar 1st District Rep. Paul Daza.

The three opposition congressmen were among the 18 LP lawmakers in the upcoming 18th Congress.

The 18-member LP bloc has already met with the camp of Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco of PDP-Laban, the other contender in the House speakership race.

Erice said the LP representatives have been meeting with the top contenders for Speaker to determine who among them will accept their advocacies in the party.

He was referring to their collective stand on the policies and priority bills of the Duterte administration such as death penalty, lowering of minimum age of criminal liability, Charter Change, and federalism.