The Makabayan bloc, in bolting out of the bulk coalition in the House of Representatives, could stand as a potent, vigilant and credible fiscalizer towards the imperfections and excesses of the administration, Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan on Thursday stated.
Pangilinan stated the idea by the seven party-list representatives referred to as the Makabayan bloc of an impartial function in the decrease home will present the wanted assurance that the democratic processes in the chamber can be preserved.
The senator and president of the Liberal Party (LP) famous that he and his occasion mates, after they joined the bulk bloc in the Senate is July 2016, had excessive hopes of working in unity with the Duterte administration.
“But several events that unfolded in the past months such as the Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the rise in the victims of extrajudicial killings, the trumped-up charges and detention of Sen. Leila de Lima, have made it untenable and unacceptable for us to continue our ties with the majority coalition,” he stated.
Pangilinan lauded their choice to depart the bulk coalition in the decrease home .
Unlike the Makabayan bloc, Pangilinan and his fellow LP members – Senators Franklin Drilon, Bam Aquino and Leila de Lima – together with their shut political ally, Sen. Risa Hontiveros have been “ousted” from their committee chairmanships by their colleagues in the bulk bloc final Feb., prompting them to affix the minority bloc.