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LP is back, better: PNoy named chairman emeritus, Leni as party chair

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The Liberal Party is ready to rebuild its ranks after being decimated following the May 2016 elections.

The National Executive Council (NECO) of LP held a meeting Thursday (August 10) to ratify the party presidency of Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and the party chairmanship of Vice President Leni Robredo.

NECO also ratified a resolution conferring the title of chairman emeritus to former President Benigno Aquino III.

With Robredo and Pangilinan’s designations ratified, they can appoint such other party officers and political organs and units.

The NECO’s meeting at the University of the Philippines Diliman University Hotel was LP’s first official gathering since last year’s polls.

Among those who attended the meeting included Senators Frank Drilon and Bam Aquino; former LP presidents Mar Roxas, Butch Abad, and Wigberto Tanada; Representatives Kit Belmonte, Nene Sato, Teddy Baguilat, Edcel Lagman, Raul Daza, Bolet Banal, and former House Speaker Sonny Belmonte.

Despite the departure of many LP members from the party, Pangilinan said he remains optimistic that the party will become a “genuine” people’s party and will be infused with “new blood” from the academe, basic sectors, civil society organizations, entrepreneurs, the religious and faith-based sectors, arts and culture, and women.

“Sa krisis, sinasabi nila, nariyan din ang oportunidad. At narito tayo humaharap sa oportunidad na palakasin ang ating partido upang maging tunay na partido ng taumbayan,” he said.