Liberal Party braces for 'same tyranny' from House supermajority


Posted at May 15 2019 08:13 PM

Quezon City Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte during the Partido Liberal National Executive Council (NECO) meeting at the Barangay Loyola Heights multi-purpose hall in Quezon City on September 25, 2018. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Liberal Party lawmakers in the House of Representatives are expecting the "same tyranny" from the supermajority in the upcoming Congress as President Rodrigo Duterte's allies enjoyed sweeping victories in local races across the country.

Only 18 of 26 congressional candidates that ran under the Liberal Party's banner won in the midterm elections as of 5:01 p.m. with 96.68 percent of votes transmitted.

"You can expect the same tyranny from the supermajority," Quezon City representative and Liberal Party Sec. Gen. Kit Belmonte said in a statement.

Despite being outnumbered by pro-administration lawmakers, the Liberal Party said it would continue to stand its ground in the chamber.

"Maaaring kaunti kami, pero lalaban kami dahil hindi nadadaan sa paramihan ng mga nakataas na kamay ang tama at mali," Belmonte said.

(We may be few but we will fight it out, because majority doesn't mean they're right.)

In the previous Congress, nearly 200 lawmakers pledged support for Duterte, and appointed House leaders that were both allied with the administration.

Bills that reinforced the executive's wishes such as lowering the age of criminal liability to 12-years-old and extending martial law in Mindanao were also passed into law by the House. 

The chamber also crafted its own version of a draft federal charter as an answer to the President's federalism call.