Issue on who are members of the minority bloc
SALCEDO, Eastern Samar-Vice President Leni Robredo believes that lawmakers from the Liberal Party should be considered as members of the minority bloc.
Robredo made this statement when asked on the current struggle at the House of Representatives as who should be recognized as members of the minority group in the light of change of leadership.
“Oo naman. Pag yung rules ng House of Representatives ang susundin, sila naman talaga ang karapat-dapat,”she said on Thursday (August 2) here in an interview.
“Pero titingnan natin kung ire-respeto yun ng House,” the Vice President added.
Robredo was in town to lead in the distribution of sports equipment donated by FundLife, an international humanitarian organization, to the officials and students of the Salcedo Central School.
Aside from Rep. Romero Quimbo(Marikina City), a Liberal Party stalwart, also seeking to become the minority floor leader are Rep. Danilo Suarez of Quezon province and Rep. Rudy Fariñas of Ilocos Norte.
According to the Vice President, the struggle on minority issue will test the kind of leadership of former president and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
“Lahat nakatutok kay Speaker kung papano niya iha-handle (yung issue) kasi how she handles it would be reflective on the kind of leadership na gagawin niya sa House of Representatives,” Robredo said.
“Yung pagpapakita ng leadership hindi naman pagpasa ng importanteng panukalang batas.Ngayon ang inaabangan natin ay pano niya iha-handle..yung struggle pagdating sa minority,” she added.
Asked on her reactions on Arroyo election’s as Speaker, Robredo said that this could be the time for her to prove allegations hurled against her when she was the President.
“Ito siguro chance para ipakita na hindi totoo yung mga allegations before.Di ba may mga kaso…wala pa naman convictions,” she said.
The opposition leader, however, wished Arroyo well as she steer the Lower House as its Speaker.
Robredo also led in the groundbreaking of a school dormitory located in Barangay Matarinao and donated a service vehicle for students of Matarinao School of Fisheries.
(JOEY A. GABIETA)