PDP-Laban increases alliance upon entering 17th Congress

The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino- Laban ng Bayan, the political party whose regular bearer is the sitting president, Rodrigo Duterte, has brought an exponential enhance of members and allies following its clear victory within the May 9 elections.

Prior to securing the win inside the elections, PDP-Laban had only 3 loyal members in the incoming 17th Congress - Davao del Norte rep and incoming property speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Valenzuela Rep. Erik Martinez and Rep. Jun Papandayan from the district of Lanao del Sur. Right now, PDP-Laban counts at the least 61 lawmakers from various political parties joining its roster.

Numerous lawmakers have defected from different affiliations to PDP-Laban and this, collectively using the formation associated with a supermajority coalition, will safe the Speaker of the Property Position for Rep. Alvarez. The count for their bloc has reached more than 200 legislators and is anticipated to allow rapidly passage of Duterte’s priority bills. These bills contain the reimplementation in the death penalty, the transition to a federal type of government, along with the lowering of the age of criminal duty for juvenile delinquents.

Outgoing Feliciano Belmonte Jr. spoke regarding old members that have defected to PDP-Laban. He found these actions understandable taking into consideration these legislators own political plans. He stated it had become all-natural for lawmakers to become close to the imcumbent administration in the interests of their very own districts.

Despite defection, LP currently nevertheless comprises a important quantity of lawmakers within the incoming Congress with at the very least 70 members. LP utilised to possess 115 members inside the 16th Congress. Coming from all current political parties with stalwarts in Congress, only LP a break down significant lower of members. Other parties just like the Nationalist People’s Coalition went down from 41 to 37; the NUP from 23 to 20; and UNA from 10-9.

The majority of these political parties are actually members from the supermajority coalition that vows alliance to Duterte’s administration.

With significantly less than the usual month left before the start off from the 17th Congress, we are to expect a lot more political movements contemplating the LP has however to make a legal contract with PDP-Laban with regards to a achievable alliance.

Despite the fact that the selection is on the table, Belmonte mentioned that in the spirit of democracy, it really is highly probably how the LP will remain an opposition.


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