MANILA - Liberal Party (LP) senators are staying with the Senate majority bloc for now, and labelled the ouster of ally Senator Leila de Lima as Committee on Justice and Human Rights chairman as a "political reality."
Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon, Senators Francis Pangilinan, Bam Aquino, and Risa Hontiveros, who all voted against De Lima's ouster, said the decision to stay with the majority is based on the reform agenda they still share with the 16 other senators who thought that De Lima lacked objectivity in handling the Senate probe on extra-judicial killings.
Despite the decision to continue with the alliance, the LP senators lamented the fact that "no consultation or dialogue took place" before the upper chamber decided to put De Lima's chairmanship to a vote.
"Elementary courtesy dictates that we as members of the majority bloc of the Senate should have been consulted. The concerns of our colleagues could have been addressed if there was an opportunity for a dialogue," they said in a joint statement.
The LP senators said they will be sticking with the majority bloc as long as they see that "reforms can be achieved."