MANILA - An ally of President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday renewed the call for Liberal Party (LP) lawmakers to leave the Senate supermajority, citing conflicting stands on issues.
Senators from the LP enjoy committee chairmanships, Senator Richard “Dick” Gordon said, despite going against the position of the majority.
"They get chairmanships, meron silang committee, tapos bumabanat (then they criticize the administration)," said Gordon.
Senator Tito Sotto also confirmed that “there is a brewing sense” that there are a few senators in the supermajority who are not at ease with the present setup.
Senator JV Ejercito, who previously called for the LP to leave the supermajority, backtracked and said he could work with them.
"Ok lang (It's okay), we can agree to disagree," said Ejercito, who had apologized to Senator Franklin Drilon for yesterday saying the LP should leave the supermajority. Drilon said senators were free to express their views, and were “exercising [their] prerogatives as a party.” Senator Leila de Lima however reminded critics that the issue should first be discussed by senators in a caucus.
"Magrespetuhan naman tayo sa isa't isa (Let us respect each other)," she said. Last December, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman also said that LP lawmakers should leave the Congress supermajority, following the resignation of Vice President Leni Robredo from the cabinet.