Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) now emerged as the ‘super-majority.’
This is after Liberal Party (LP) and Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) decided to join forces with Duterte’s coalition.
Now both parties will be giving support to the President-elect and his legislative agenda, some of which includes the return of death penalty as capital punishment and a shift towards a federalism type of government.
On Tuesday, June 7, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. arrived at Davao City for an appointment with the President-elect to confirm LP’s support for Davao del Norte representative Pantaleon Alvarez for his bid for the House Speaker position.
Perhaps LP’s members simply turned their coats to keep themselves in the political game, or they may have another agenda entirely, regardless, this move of LP has President Benigno Aquino’s blessing according to the Malacañang Palace.
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LP Senators Ralph Recto, Bam Aquino, Francis Pangilinan, Leila de Lima, Joel Villanueva, RisaHontiveros joined the ‘super-majority’ along with Senators Juan Edgardo Angara, Panfilo Lacson, Grace Poe, Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero, Gregorio Honasan II, Nancy Binay, Sherwin Gatchalian and Manny Pacquiao.
Including Sotto, Drilon, and Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, the ‘supermajority’ amassed a total of 18 votes for the bid of Pimentel for the Senate Presidency.
Remaining minority senators are: Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano and Senators Cynthia Villar, JV Ejercito, Richard Gordon, Miguel Zubiri and Antonio Trillanes IV.
Alvarez: ‘200 joining the bloc’
Davao del Norte rep. Pantaleon Alvarez said that more than 200 out of the 290 members of the House of Representatives are joining the bloc and will support him in his bid for the House Speakership.
Speaker Belmonte affirmed that Alvarez is poised to take the position. Alvarez’s bid for the House Speaker seat was among the agendas of the meeting of Belmonte and Duterte last Tuesday. (Kathleen Vicho)