A leaderless LP?

THE Liberal Party (LP) has been silent on charges that it is bullying the political opposition. Cited as basis are the actions taken by the Department of the Interior and Local Government against Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda and Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino, and the suspension of Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia.

No less than Vice President Jejomar Binay and his compatriots in the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) have called the DILG actions in Cebu politically motivated, designed to allow Cebu’s vice governor, Agnes Almendras Magpale, the sister of Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras, to ascend to the governorship and help the gubernatorial candidacy of LP’s

Hilario Davide III in the 2013 polls.

Governor Espino’s Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), LP’s coalition partner, says that the DILG moves blatantly help the 2013 gubernatorial bid of LP’s Hernani Braganza.

That the LP hasn’t commented on these accusations to date raises the question as to whether there is anyone running the party.

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas went on leave as LP president when he took over the DILG. It’s unclear whether it’s Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, or Budget Secretary Florencio Abad or Sen. Frank Drilon who has taken over the LP reins. But the big drop in President Aquino’s approval ratings suggests that the LP better get its act together and clarify the conjoined issues of supposed bullying and a leaderless LP.

In this regard, the impression that the LP is leaderless is highlighted by the fact that an LP provincial governor and LP vice mayor were not sustained by the DILG in the mayoralty infighting in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija. Unanimously convicted twice of graft by the Sandiganbayan, Muñoz Mayor Efren Alvarez appealed his case to the Supreme Court, which rejected two motions for reconsideration and issued a final and executory decision that caused the Sandiganbayan to issue a warrant of arrest against him. With Alvarez absenting himself from city hall after the warrant was issued, the residents of Muñoz asked for the intervention of Nueva Ecija Gov. Aurelio Umali. This led the DILG and Governor Umali to swear in the vice mayor so that the city’s business could continue. A few days later, Alvarez suddenly surfaced, claiming that the Sandiganbayan had voided his arrest warrant and that the Supreme Court is now reviewing his case.

Given the Nueva Ecija incident, the LP has a lot of work to do if it is to be taken seriously as a political party when it appears it can’t even hold on to a won legal case.



Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Short URL: http://opinion.inquirer.net/?p=44065

Tags: amado espino , DILG , Gwendolyn garcia , letters , Liberal Party , lilia pineda , politics

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


  • US teacher fired over comment on black president
  • Magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes Mexican capital
  • Title of new Hillary Clinton book: ‘Hard Choices’
  • Filipinos, Dutch re-enact crucifixion of Christ
  • 14 killed in car bombing in Homs
  • Sports

  • Nadal ousted by Ferrer in Monte Carlo quarters
  • Pacquiao shorts in Bradley fight sold for P1.7M in LA auction
  • Ryu pitches Dodgers past Giants
  • Alonso sets the pace in Chinese GP practice
  • Heat seek Three-peat but Spurs, Pacers top seeds
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • Myx TV premieres Asian American ‘docu-series’
  • A nutty finale for ‘Scandal,’ TV’s craziest show
  • EXO postpones release of mini album ‘Overdose’
  • ‘X-men’ filmmaker slams ‘fabricated’ sex attack claims
  • Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard on trial in DC
  • Business

  • US commerce secretary spells out economic facet of ‘pivot to Asia’
  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade
  • Dollar up in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal
  • Barbie doll has a problem
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Las Vegas ‘Pinoy Pride’ fest hails Filipino heritage
  • Marking Jesus’ journey on Good Friday
  • Filipina accomplice arrested for fake bills in Malaysia
  • DoH denies Filipino nurse no longer positive for MERS virus
  • WHO warns vs spread of MERS-Cov, urges vigilance in taking precautions
  • Marketplace