JV says sorry to Drilon over challenge to LP

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 18 2017 01:31 PM

MANILA - Sen. Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito has apologized to Sen. Franklin Drilon for his statements yesterday that the Liberal Party bloc should consider leaving the supermajority. 

"Humingi na ng paumanhin si Sen. JV," said Drilon, without providing details on the apology.

He said senators are always free to express their convictions in the Senate. "We are exercising our prerogatives as a party," said Drilon. 

Ejercito earlier said that the LP bloc should consider leaving the supermajority since it has not been voting with the supermajority on crucial issues in the Senate.

"Probably they have to already make a decision, whether to stay with the majority or with the minority," said Ejercito.

He also said in jest that there is a "Seatmates" block with his seatmates as members including Senators Sonny Angara, Juan Miguel Zubiri, Joel Villanueva and Sherwin Gatchalian. 

"We have decided to form our own bloc," he said. 

Ejercito later confirmed that he texted Drilon to apologize for his statements Tuesday. 

"Yes, because I feel that he got hurt with my statement," said Ejercito. 

He also said that there has never been bad blood between him and Drilon. "In fairness to him when I was in the opposition, he treated me very well and with respect while he was Senate President," he said. 

He also said that Drilon assured him that the incident will not affect their working relationship. "He accepted my apology right away and told me nothing has changed and though he was hurt, he will continue to support me as a colleague," he said.