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Lagman: LP should be opposition now that Robredo’s under attack

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Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman on Friday said the Liberal Party must stand as the opposition party in the House of Representatives, especially with fresh attacks against its chair, Vice President Leni Robredo.

“The recent unfounded charges against Vice President Leni Robredo, critical bishops and vocal opposition leaders for sedition and other crimes give much more impetus to the Liberal Party (LP) members in the House to stand together as the genuine opposition and minority bloc,” he said.

Robredo and several other opposition forces were charged with inciting to sedition in connection with the uploading of the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos.

LP representatives “should not only be the real and responsible critics of the administration but must be the undaunted sentinels to safeguard the people’s fundamental rights,” said Lagman, leader of the Magnificent 7 bloc.

He made the statement after reports that LP would join the majority coalition again to get plum House positions.

“President Duterte considers the LP as the opposition, the people regard the LP as the opposition party and the Otso Diretso was the face of the opposition during the last electoral campaign,” he said.

“Perforce, the LP must not only be perceived as the opposition but must discharge its vital role as the political opposition,” Lagman said.

He quoted renowned French political thinker and historian Alexis de Tocqueville: “The majority not only makes the laws but can break them as well.”

“It is for this reason that the minority must persist and flourish,” Lagman said.

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