Category Archives: Press Release

DID YOU KNOW? Pinoys’ out-of-pocket spending for health still high despite increased govt funds: Tañada

Former legislator Erin Tañada on Friday batted for the passage of the twin measures of expanded universal health care and increased tobacco tax so that Filipinos will spend less on health. Filipinos’ out-of-pocket spending for health is still high even as government funds for health increased from 29.7% in 2014 to 34.2% in 2016, the […]

Statement of Erin Tanada, Partido Liberal vice president for external affairs, On Duterte saying he will resign

It is not up to the President, and especially not a junta, to decide who takes his place when he steps down. Our Constitution clearly provides that it should be the Vice President. We wonder who at this point is still taking the President to his words, given that he threatens to resign at least […]

Statement of Erin Tanada, Partido Liberal vice-president for external affairs, on new 9-party coalition

Political parties forming alliances is not new, nor is it frowned upon. It is in fact a sign of a robust democracy, since political parties pave the way for what should be greater people participation in politics. However, the recent headline of a 9-party coalition is worrying for one of the biggest problems in Philippine […]

Quimbo shocked over recent shabu smuggling fiasco

Marikina Representative Romero “Miro” S. Quimbo, a former House Ways and Means Chair responsible for exposing large-scale smuggling incidents in the past – including imported sports cars, agricultural products, industrial machinery and resin, expressed shock on Monday over the most recent incident of illegal drug smuggling in the country. It was discovered over the course […]

STATEMENT OF REP. EDCEL LAGMAN ON 2019 BUDGET

The House of Representatives and Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno are headed to an impasse on the adoption of annual cash-based appropriations in the 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA) in lieu of the traditional obligation-based budgeting. The Members of the House are all against Diokno’s innovation that has resulted in serious budgetary cuts. The looming deadlock […]

Statement of Erin Tañada, Partido Liberal vice president for external affairs, on the minority fight at the House of Representatives

With Rep. Danilo Suarez’s tight grip on the post of Minority Leader, the entire House of Representatives is tarnished anew with the image of being fake, subservient, and uncritical. Instead of a vibrant and deliberative chamber, we will continue to have a mutual admiration club. Despite this development, we, the Liberal Party members and our […]

Statement of Erin Tanada, Partido Liberal vice president for external affairs, On Napoles and Carandang

Two contrasting headlines dominate Philippine newspapers this morning. On one hand, the United States indicts Pork Barrel Queen Janet Lim Napoles and kin for money laundering. On the other, Malacanang fires Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang after suspending him for disclosing President Duterte’s bank transactions. This is a tale of two kinds of justice. On one […]

Statement of Rep. Kaka Bag-ao (Lone District, Dinagat Islands), senior member of Partido Liberal and member of the #NewHouseMinority bloc: Members of the #NewHouseMinority ballooning

Our numbers in the #NewHouseMinority are growing by the day. Rep. Emmanuel Billones (1st District, Capiz) and Rep. Vicente “Kulit” Alcala (2nd District, Quezon) have applied and have been accepted into our ranks by our Minority Leader, Rep. Miro Quimbo (2nd District, Marikina City). This further proves our legitimacy in the House, and shows that […]

Partido Liberal exec Baguilat slams Marcos for questioning Comelec on 25% threshold

Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat, Jr. on Friday criticized the camp of losing vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for questioning the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) position on the 25-percent threshold. “Kapag pabor sa kanila ang desisyon, tahimik sila. Ngayong nagsabi lang nang tama ang Comelec, kung anu-ano nang conspiracy at dayaan ang sinasabi nila,” said […]

Statement of the only legal and valid minority of the House

The Supreme Court already stated in their decision (G.R. No. 227757 promulgated July 25, 2017) that “xxx (a) all those who vote for the winning Speaker shall belong to the Majority and those who vote for other candidates shall belong to the Minority; (b) those who abstain from voting shall likewise be considered part of […]