The Liberal Party suffered a humiliating loss in the 2019 midterm polls because it grew indifferent to people’s needs, Vice President Leni Robredo said.
In an interview with Bloomberg TV on August 13, Robredo said the results of the midterm polls was a “wake up call” for the once dominant party.
None of the LP-backed opposition candidates for senator won.
“When the midterm elections happened, it was a time to understand and to, you know, humble ourselves and realize that perhaps, many of the things we are doing are not responsive to what the people need,” Robredo said.
The Vice President acknowledged there was a “complete shutoff” of LP by voters showed its strategy in wooing voters was wrong.
The LP-backed Otso Diretso senatorial slate criticized the Duterte administration’s policies openly during the campaign, from the war on drugs to the President’s friendship with China.
The party also chose smaller, door-to-door campaigns instead of mounting huge rallies similar to what administration parties PDP-Laban and Hugpong ng Pagbabago did.
LP president Senator Francis Pangilinan and secretary general Quezon City Rep. Kit Belmonte offered to resign because of the party’s dismal performance in the polls but it was rejected by Robredo.
The Vice President said there is “a lot that needs calibrating” within LP before the next major elections in 2022.