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Look who’s talking: LP senators slam Bongbong for accusing Robredo of stealing VP post

Senators from the Liberal Party have taken up the cudgels for Vice President Leni Robredo following former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s allegation that she plans to unseat President Rodrigo Duterte.

In a statement, LP senators said Marcos’ claim that Robredo has a so-called “Plan B” is “absolutely false” and “baseless.”

“Coming from Bongbong Marcos, the accusation is especially grating. Sino ba ang may karanasan sa pagnanakaw? Sino ang nagkamal ng hidden wealth na nagkakahalaga ng bilyon-bilyong dolyar? Sino ang nagpalibing nang patago? Sino ang sanay sa mga galawang pailalim? Bongbong Marcos’s accusation is a projection of his own Plan B to regain power at the expense of history, at the expense of those killed tortured and made to disappear, and at the expense of every Filipino born to the Marcos debt,” the lawmakers said.

The members of LP in the Senate are: Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon, Senators Leila de Lima, Kiko Pangilinan and Bam Aquino.

Robredo’s party mates said in the Senate said they understand her decision to quit as chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council given that the directive for her to stop attending Cabinet meetings is effectively a “constructive dismissal.”

Despite Robredo’s resignation from the Cabinet, the LP senators said they remain committed in helping the administration’s goals for the country.

At the same time, however, they urged the public to let their voices be heard, regardless of whether it is in support of or in opposition to the administration.

“Scaring people into keeping their opinions to themselves is part of a dictator’s arsenal of weapons. We have fought against these weapons once – and won,” they said.

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