Category Archives: LP Statement

On Liberal party mates vying for minority leadership

Who can be chosen as minority? According to House rules, those who did not vote and abstained from voting for the Speaker. Twelve Liberal Party members abstained from the controversial Monday vote. The Liberal Party will remain standing as the genuine minority at the House of Representatives amid the recent leadership change. Throughout this administration, […]

Statement of Partido Liberal on House leadership change

The 12 congressmen who abstained from the power play at the House of Representatives are all Liberal Party members. The decision to abstain was a decision to strengthen the ranks of the minority, whose voice is essential in a strong, working democracy. Given yesterday’s attention-grabbing show, people are asking: Can we trust both the Senate […]

Statement of Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Partido Liberal president, on the State of the Nation Address

The coup attempt at the House of Representatives highlights the state of the nation: power grab for, of, by politicians. The address itself was more of the same promises made during the 2016 election campaign. The coco levy trust fund law, for instance, has been promised then, and promised again now. As with realizing workers’ […]

Statement of Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Partido Liberal president, On graft-causing NFA rice import announcement

1. Who benefits from a premature disclosure to import huge volumes of rice? Rice traders who make a killing in the sudden spike in rice prices as well as corrupt government officials who receive kickbacks because of this artificial price spike. The premature announcement of rice imports will only exacerbate increase in rice prices to the […]

Statement of Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Partido Liberal president, on Vice President Robredo’s competence

Two years since she’s been elected, Vice President Leni Robredo has focused her attention on helping the poor help themselves. Without a Cabinet position, she has marshalled partners from the private sector to extend P252-million worth of aid for 155,000 families through her Angat Buhay program. Vice President Leni has shown her competence through compassionate, […]

Statement of Sen. Francis Pangilinan, Partido Liberal president, on spate of killings Saturday (Trece Martires Vice Mayor Alex Lubigan, Michael Magallanes, village councilor in Zamboanga City, and a municipal councilor in Lanao del Sur)

Another local executive in Luzon and two more in Mindanao were killed today even before authorities can provide the lead to the killing of two mayors earlier this week. The warehouse of suspected drug lord Peter Lim in Cebu was bombed on Thursday. What is going on? Are these deliberate and orchestrated attempts at creating […]

Statement of Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Partido Liberal president, on Senate President Sotto’s letter on Senator De Lima

Our gratitude and support are with Senate President Vicente Sotto III for formally seeking the participation of Senator Leila de Lima in hearings lodged before her committee. It is right and just for Sen. De Lima to be allowed to perform her duties as a member of the legislature. Despite her unjust incarceration, Sen. De […]

Statement of Partido Liberal on Ombudsman applicant Atty. Batacan

We join the growing clamor to disqualify Atty. Edna Herrera-Batacan in her bid to become the next Ombudsman. As the office entrusted by the people to investigate and prosecute government official accused of wrongdoings, especially graft and corruption, the Ombudsman post must be a paragon of probity, honesty, and ethical conduct. Article XI, Section 8 […]

Statement of Sen. Francis ” Kiko” Pangilinan, Partido Liberal president, on drug testing of kids

A law is needed to implement the government’s proposed mandatory drug test for children as young as 10 years old or those in grade 4. This proposal is an admission that the brutal government war on drugs is ineffective. We propose that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency shelve this slapdash and panicky plan trained on […]

Statement of Partido Liberal on Ombudsman ruling on DAP

The DAP was crafted with the intention to deliver the services and infrastructure needed by the people and guided by the laws available to the executive. This is why former President Aquino gave his nod to the program. Before all courts and until the very end of the process, former Pres. Aquino will show hat […]