PDP-Laban coalition with Liberal Party hits snag

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The signing of a coalition agreement between the Liberal Party (LP) and PDP-Laban has been postponed indefinitely, according to Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas.
The agreement was set to be signed today.

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“It has been cancelled as the LP has been vacillating as to whether it will join the majority coalition or not. The PDP-Laban has been bending to accommodate all of LP’s requests, even to have 30 or so members joining the Majority Coalition,” Fariñas said in a text message.

Fariñas, who joined LP in October last year before jumping ship to PDP-Laban, was referring to the condition set by presumptive Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez that LP members should be limited to 20 if they are to join the “Super Majority” coalition.

This did not sit well with LP because it still has at least 30 members at the House.

“Since June 7, which was the first agreed-upon date for the signing of its Coalition Agreement with the PDP-Laban, the LP has been vacillating,” Fariñas said.

Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat had wanted LP to lead the House minority bloc, saying there is nothing at stake for the party because the PDP-Laban had forged coalition agreements with the Nacionalista Party, Nationalist People’s Coalition, National Union Party, Lakas-CMD and the 47-strong party-list bloc.

This means that it is likely that the PDP-Laban has distributed committee chairmanships among the four political parties and the party-list bloc which is provided under the House rules.

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