President Rodrigo Du30 reiterates his attacks against the European Union and other critics. This time, it includes Vice President Leni Robredo. He speaks before Filipinos in Da Nang City. The Filipino leader said that the EU aid comes with strings attached. It’s the result of Robredo’s wrong reports. Meanwhile, the Liberal Party or LP promises to have a total brand makeover for the party. It is crucial since it is the subject of criticisms by the members and supporters of the administration. Will it work?
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New LP Breeds
The LP, which ruled Philippine politics during the Aquino administration. It announces the oath taking of “new members. They mostly come from the ranks of the academe, youth, professionals, and non-government organizations.” Party chairperson Vice President Leni Robredo administered the oath.
The party is now regrouping and re-branding since it fell from power after the 2016 elections. President Du30 won with a margin of more than 6 million votes against second-placer Mar Roxas, the LP’s standard-bearer. Robredo was Roxas’ running mate whose Vice Presidential victory with a slim margin is challenged by the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ namesake.
During the Aquino administration, the LP counted most lawmakers and local politicians as members and allies. Their numbers quickly dwindled after the 2016 elections. Many jump ship to the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan or PDP-Laban. It is Du30’s party. PDP-Laban now leads the majority in the Senate and a “supermajority” in the House of Representatives. Many local politicians who were once members or allies of the LP have also moved to the now-ruling PDP-Laban.
Typical LP Accusations
“This so-called Dutertism is a form of leadership that does not adhere to the limits of power, does not respect institutions, does not regard or follow processes, including the rights and freedoms in the Constitution, which is disregarded under this leadership,” said lawyer Raffy Aquino, representing the new batch of LP members. From this statement alone, no one can blame the President for his criticisms of the Party. As much as he wants to get rid of Robredo as his VP, he still has to adhere to the legal electoral protest procedure filed by Bongbong Marcos as a democratic leader.