The Liberal Party (LP) has solely itself responsible for the exodus of its members because it didn’t expend political capital to push for the passage of controversial however necessary bills throughout its heyday, the Aquino administration, De La Salle University College of Liberal Arts dean Julio Teehankee stated.

At a discussion board on reforming the Philippine political system on the University of Santo Tomas (UST) on May 16, Teehankee referred to as LP “a victim of their failure.”

“Have they passed the Freedom of Information Act, the Political Party Development Act, the Anti-Dynasty Act and all the other bills, they will not be in this situation,” the Varsitarian, UST’s official pupil paper, quoted Teehankee as saying.

LP’s membership within the House has dwindled to 27 after 5 lawmakers jumped ship to the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) this month. The social gathering began within the 17th Congress with 32 members.

Teeehankee believes the pattern of switching events will proceed until Congress passes a measure penalizing political turncoats.

“We can never ever hope to institutionalize our party system if we continue to allow balimbing politics or party-switching,” he stated.

Incidentally, Senator Franklin Drilon, an LP member, has filed a measure, Senate Bill 226, looking for to discourage rampant social gathering switching by banning politikos who be a part of a brand new group from operating for an elective post within the subsequent elections after altering sides.

Source: politics.com.ph