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Sikat pa rin sana! DLSU dean Julio Teehankee: LP won’t be losing members if bills on FOI, political dynasty were passed

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The Liberal Party (LP) has only itself to blame for the exodus of its members since it didn’t expend political capital to push for the passage of controversial but important bills during its heyday, the Aquino administration, De La Salle University College of Liberal Arts dean Julio Teehankee said.

At a forum on reforming the Philippine political system at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) on May 16, Teehankee called LP “a victim of their failure.”

“Have they passed the Freedom of Information Act, the Political Party Development Act, the Anti-Dynasty Act and all the other bills, they will not be in this situation,” the Varsitarian, UST’s official student paper, quoted Teehankee as saying.

LP’s membership in the House has dwindled to 27 after five lawmakers jumped ship to the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) this month. The party started in the 17th Congress with 32 members.

Teeehankee believes the trend of switching parties will continue unless Congress passes a measure penalizing political turncoats.

“We can never ever hope to institutionalize our party system if we continue to allow balimbing politics or party-switching,” he said.

Incidentally, Senator Franklin Drilon, an LP member, has filed a measure, Senate Bill 226, seeking to discourage rampant party switching by banning politikos who join a new group from running for an elective post in the next elections after changing sides.