Malacañang is hoping that the militant Makabayan bloc will stay open about working with the administration even when they’ve bolted from the supermajority coalition within the House of Representatives.
In an announcement Thursday (September 14), presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella stated they “take due notice” of the bloc’s determination.
“We were hopeful that they would remain open to working together with the Administration, particularly on pro-poor, pro-people issues,” he stated.
Earlier within the day, the seven-member bloc introduced their departure from the majority coalition and their severance of ties with Duterte.
ACT Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio stated there isn’t a longer any cause for them to help the President as a result of he has supposedly reneged on his pro-people pronouncements.
He stated the Makabayan bloc will now be generally known as an impartial.
Aside from Tinio, different members of the Makabayn bloc are Reps. Arlene Brosas and Emmi de Jesus of Gabriela, France Castro of ACT- Teachers, Ariel Casilao of Anakpawis and Sarah Elago of Kabataan.