LP on joining House majority: ‘Maninindigan pa rin tayo’
The Liberal Party will “endeavor to vote as one” in the speakership race, according to the party’s secretary general and Quezon City Rep. Kit Belmonte.
Belmonte and other LP members were seen at a recent event led by Speaker candidate Martin Romualdez, suggesting that the once dominant party would again join the majority.
At the beginning of the 17th Congress, most LP members were part of the so-called supermajority, save for a few members in the Magnificent 7 group led by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman. They later on tried but failed to install Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo as minority leader when Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo took over.
There will be about 18 LP members in the incoming 18th Congress.
“This is the guidance from our party leadership and we will apply tactical resolve so that we may achieve greater objectives,” Belmonte said in a statement.
“In this light, we have been engaging all individuals who have expressed their desire to seek the Speakership position,” he said.
As though expecting criticisms for not joining the opposition, Belmonte said: “We continue to be guided by our core values.”
“Thus, regardless of our position on the House Speakership, we will be voting according to these values on key issues — including the death penalty, the criminalization of minors, and other issues that are integral to upholding the rights and freedoms of our citizens,” he said.
“Rest assured that the Liberal Party will remain steadfast to its principles regardless of who wields the Speaker’s gavel,” he said.
“We will continue to push for genuine democracy in the House: One that recognizes and encourages different opinions; that does not punish dissent; and that allows for a true people’s minority,” he said.
“This will hold true even as we deal with the specific context and landscape of the House of Representatives. Maninindigan pa rin tayo,” Belmonte said.