Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan has bucked on the declare of some of his former social gathering mates within the Liberal Party that they jumped ship to the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) attributable to an “absence in leadership.”

In an announcement Thursday (May 18), Pangilinan blamed the LP senators’ open criticism of the administration for the exodus of politikos from the social gathering.

“It’s more the opposite: They are leaving LP because of the presence of leadership now speaking out against a number of policies of the administration, such as the position against the death penalty, extra-judicial killings, etc,” he mentioned.

Pangilinan conceded their views impact native politics, since administration supporters have branded LP as “a yellow demon responsible for all of society’s ills.”

The LP contingent within the House has solely 27 members left after 5 transferred to PDP-Laban earlier this month: Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman, Lanao del Sur Rep. Ansaruddin Adiong, North Cotabato Rep. Nancy Catamco, Quezon City fifth district Rep. Alfred Vargas, and Quezon City 2nd district Rep. Winnie Castelo .

While Pangilinan conceded that rebuilding the LP has grow to be tougher with “half-truths” being unfold round, he mentioned they nonetheless have a weapon to outlive: “A clear and convincing vision of the future, with the truth told a thousand times.”