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'LP will remain steadfast to principles' even if in House majority – Belmonte

Jun 27, 2019 - 12:56 PM

'Maninidigan pa rin tayo,' says Quezon City 6th District Representative Kit Belmonte, Liberal Party secretary-general

BACK TO MAJORITY? LP lawmakers of the previous 17th Congress pose for a picture back when they were trying to claim the House minority bloc in July 2018. Several of them have been reelected into the next 18th Congress. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LP open to rejoining majority bloc in the 18th Congress

Jun 26, 2019 - 4:16 PM

This move is nothing new, as most Liberal Party legislators were part of the administration-allied majority bloc in the House at the start of President Rodrigo Duterte's term

PNP begins Bikoy probe vs Trillanes, LP members

May 27, 2019 - 11:01 AM

The Philippine National Police has yet to receive a revised sworn statement from Peter Joemel Advincula, the man also known as Bikoy

PROBE BEGINS. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde (R) says they are waiting for the sworn statement of Peter Joemel Advincula. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Robredo: Liberal Party has nothing to do with Bikoy

May 23, 2019 - 1:53 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'I can speak for the party na wala kaming kinalaman sa Bikoy issue,' says Liberal Party chair Vice President Leni Robredo

NO INVOLVEMENT. Vice President Leni Robredo (center) says she has never met Peter Joemel Advincula. OVP photo

Kris Aquino defends decision not to vote for all Otso Diretso bets

May 22, 2019 - 2:59 PM

'Tapos na 'kong manahimik sa pagbayad para sa mga kasalanan at pagkukulang nung mga ibang LP nung nabigyan sila ng pagkakataon ng mga botante,' says Kris as she defends her decision to vote for only 4 Otso Diretso candidates

Pangilinan's resignation 'a sign of humility' – Liberal Party execs

May 21, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Erin Tañada, Liberal Party vice president for external affairs and Otso Diretso senatorial candidate, says he admires Senator Kiko Pangilinan's courage during the tough campaign

STILL TRUSTED. Resigned LP president and Senator Kiko Pangilinan (right) is still be trusted by other LP leaders like Erin Tañada(left), who ran but lost for senator. VP Leni Robredo (center) has not accepted Pangilinan's resignation. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

LP leaders Pangilinan, Belmonte resign after Otso Diretso loses elections

May 21, 2019 - 11:07 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Both LP officials claim 'command responsibility' over the loss of the Otso Diretso senatorial candidates, but party chair Vice President Leni Robredo does not accept their resignation

LIBERAL PARTY LEADERS. Senator Francis Pangilinan (left) and Quezon City 6th District Representative Kit Belmonte. Rappler file photos

Ka Leody wants to suspend canvassing of votes

May 18, 2019 - 4:41 PM

Leody de Guzman also questions the 'undue haste' in the proclamation of Senate and party-list winners

PROTEST. Leody de Guzman and Erin Tañada march towards PICC, Comelec official canvassing headquarters to protest against election anomalies on May 17, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Liberal Party bets dominate local races again in Calbayog City

May 18, 2019 - 12:10 PM

Liberal Party candidates win in the races for vice mayor, and took 10 of 12 city council seats in Calbayog City, Samar

PROCLAIMED. The proclaimed councilors of Calbayog City's 2nd District come from the Liberal Party. Photo by John Sydric Rendeza/Rappler

'Expect tyranny' in House with only 18 elected LP representatives – Kit Belmonte

May 15, 2019 - 7:55 PM

But while the Liberal Party is part of the opposition against President Rodrigo Duterte, its legislators once forged an alliance with the ruling PDP-Laban

LIBERALS. LP lawmakers pose for a picture back when they were trying to lay claim over the House minority bloc in 2018. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappelr

For 3rd time, Mar Roxas is rejected at polls

May 15, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Ranked number 16 based on partial and unofficial results from 96.3% of precincts nationwide, Roxas' performance is a far cry from when he topped the senatorial race in 2004

ANOTHER LOSS. Mar Roxas, drenched in rain, waves to his supporters during Otso Diretso's thanksgiving concert on May 8, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

FALSE: 'No election returns' for Liberal Party

May 14, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Under a Comelec resolution, 10 accredited major national parties will receive copies of election returns. The Liberal Party is among these parties.

Comelec hit for late naming of dominant parties

May 11, 2019 - 4:21 PM

The opposition Liberal Party says this gives them no time to appeal the naming of the Duterte-allied Nacionalista Party as the dominant minority party

ELECTIONS CHIEF. Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas inspects the canvassing venue for the May 13 elections at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on May 9, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte allies named dominant majority, minority parties

May 10, 2019 - 11:55 AM

'Kalokohan,' says Liberal Party president Senator Francis Pangilinan, adding that this decision is against democracy

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raises the hands of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) and other senatorial candidates at a campaign rally at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum in Batangas on April 17, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Potential state witness: Web admin who may link LP and Magdalo to Bikoy videos

May 03, 2019 - 6:26 PM

Rodel Jayme appears to be willing to name everyone he can, and praises NBI agents who have been holding him in custody without a warrant

STATE WITNESS. 27-year-old web administrator Rodel Jayme says he's willing to become a state witness in the government manhunt for the person behind the Bikoy videos damaging to President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Otso Diretso heads to Tañada’s turf to woo Quezon voters

May 03, 2019 - 11:09 AM

The highlight of the sortie is a grand campaign rally in Sariaya town, where the opposition bets will be hosted by local allies

TAÑADA TURF. Former Quezon congressman Erin Tañada (second from L) and other Otso Diretso candidates will campaign in his province on May 3, 2019. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Otso Diretso reunites in Cebu City, but local allies still a no-show

Apr 29, 2019 - 8:46 AM

A barangay captain in Argao, Cebu, however, allows several Otso Diretso candidates to campaign in his village

THE OPPOSITION. Vice President Leni Robredo (center) is joined by all 8 Otso Diretso candidates in Cebu City on April 28, 2019. Photo courtesy of Otso Diretso media

MISLEADING: Only LP is linked to multi-billion-peso scams during Aquino time

Apr 10, 2019 - 12:56 PM

Members of other political parties, like Lakas-CMD and UNA, have also been implicated in scams where members of the LP were also allegedly involved

MISLEADING. Besides the Liberal Party, other officials were accused and convicted of being involved with multi-billion peso scams.

LP: Remember dark 1978 elections, be brave in May 13 polls

Apr 07, 2019 - 12:12 PM

Campaign manager Francis Pangilinan likens Otso Diretso to Laban opposition bets who struggled in the 1978 Interim Batasang Pambansa elections

COURAGE. Liberal Party stalwarts Francis Pangilinan (2nd from L) and Erin Tañada (3rd from L) recall people's courage during the 1978 Interim Batasang Pambansa elections. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Robredo: LP has no resources to make video linking Paolo Duterte to drugs

Apr 05, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Robredo says the once-ruling LP does not have the resources to mount what President Rodrigo Duterte tags as 'black propaganda' against his son

ROBREDO. Vice President Leni Robredo met with the farmers and fisherfolk in Lingayen, Pangasinan, held at Purok Marcela Resort on Thursday, March 21, 2019. File photo by OVP

Mayor Fresnedi endorses Otso Diretso in Muntinlupa

Mar 05, 2019 - 1:25 PM

The Otso Diretso candidates say it is a 'breath of fresh air' that an incumbent politician is supporting the opposition senatorial slate

MAYOR'S ENDORSEMENT. Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi (2nd from R) raise the hands of Otso Diretso candidates in Muntinlupa. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Can Otso Diretso do a repeat of Robredo’s 2016 victory?

Feb 12, 2019 - 10:00 AM

'Otso Diretso has so far successfully maintained the image that they are indeed opposition candidates. This is good for securing command vote for the coalition'

Supporters with images of the 7 senatorial aspirants under the Oposisyon Koalisyon on October 24, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Roxas on Senate bid: 'I'm not here to redo 2016'

Feb 11, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Mar Roxas says he is once again running for senator to help lift Filipinos out of poverty, not to get back at politicians who left the Liberal Party 3 years ago

OTSO DIRETSO BET. Senatorial candidate Mar Roxas is the guest of Rappler's #TheLeaderIWant on February 8, 2019. Screenshot from Rappler

Liberal Party now ‘listens’ to the people it once ignored

Feb 10, 2019 - 8:58 AM

The Liberal Party is using its listening campaign – Project Makinig – to rebuild its identity and ‘improve’ on the messaging of the Otso Diretso senatorial ticket

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Erin Tañada asks Liberal Party members: 'Tayo ba ang nagkamali?'

Nov 08, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'You could see the people hanging around the President right now are the people we fought against, and we start to question: Ano ba pinaglaban natin? Bakit nagkaganito?'

OPPOSITION COALITION CANDIDATES. Former Quezon congressman Erin Tañada is running for senator in the May 2019 elections under the Oposisyon Koalisyon ticket. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[OPINION] When the opposition says it will tap volunteers

Nov 03, 2018 - 10:39 AM

The Liberal Party-led senatorial slate should make sure volunteer sign-ups and social media endorsements will translate to votes

Opposition volunteers

With ‘no money,’ Liberal Party to count on volunteers in 2019

Oct 28, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says in the first 24 hours of their announcement, ‘more than a thousand’ signed up for their ‘people’s campaign’

Supporters with images of the 7 senatorial aspirants under the Oposisyon Koalisyon on October 24, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Oct 24, 2018 - 9:58 PM

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Oposisyon Koalisyon’s goal in 2019: Gov’t with 'heart for the people'

Oct 24, 2018 - 6:18 PM

The opposition coalition's senatorial bets say they will be champions of justice, human rights, and welfare of Filipinos if elected in 2019

OPPOSITION BETS. Vice President Leni Robredo (middle) poses together with the senatorial aspirants from the Oposisyon Koalisyon. All photos by Maria Tan/Rappler

Barangay event kicks off opposition bid to overcome ‘dilawan’ handicap

Oct 24, 2018 - 3:48 PM

They shed their yellow shirts, and do away with the classic ‘L’ sign. Voters, they believe, don't care about colors anymore.

OPPOSITION COALITION. The opposition coalition presented its full senatorial slate for the 2019 elections during a gathering of supporters held at Barangay Parang in Marikina October 24, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Hilbay, Macalintal complete official opposition senatorial slate

Oct 16, 2018 - 7:52 PM

The opposition coalition, led by the Liberal Party, will field only 8 senatorial candidates

OPPOSITION SLATE. The 8 candidates who make up the opposition's official slate for the 2019 senatorial elections.

LOOK: Quezon City congressman Sonny Belmonte resigns from LP

Oct 12, 2018 - 10:36 PM

The 3rd-term congressman, who was House Speaker during the time of President Benigno Aquino III, says he is preparing for a 'quiet retirement' from politics

RETIRING SOON. Veteran politician Sonny Belmonte resigns from the Liberal Party, of which he is a member since 2009. Screenshot from Rappler

Belmonte to LP: ‘Unfair’ to accuse Arroyo of vindictiveness over Abads

Oct 12, 2018 - 8:20 PM

(UPDATED) Quezon City 4th District Representative Sonny Belmonte has already resigned from the Liberal Party as he is retiring from politics

'UNFAIR'. Quezon City 4th District Representative Feliciano Belmonte Jr speaks up against his former party on the issue of the Batanes caretaker in the House. File photo by Rappler

LP slams 'vindictive' Arroyo for replacing Batanes caretaker

Oct 12, 2018 - 10:36 AM

Liberal Party president and Senator Francis Pangilinan says Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo did not follow the House tradition of designating a caretaker nominated by the political party of the deceased

CARETAKER. This file photo shows Pangasinan Rep. Rose Marie Arenas during a meeting of the Committee on Organizational Matters of the 38th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA). File photo from the Office of the Speaker/Press and Public Affairs Bureau

Tomawis, Colmenares first opposition senatorial bets to file COCs

Oct 11, 2018 - 9:34 PM

Liberal party bet Samira Gutoc Tomawis and Bayan Muna representative Neri Colmenares arrive at the Comelec headquarters with hundreds of supporters in tow

OPPOSITION BET. Samira Gutoc with supporters satge a program at the Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila before filing her candidacy as Senator on October 11, 2018. Photo courtesy of Sam Gutoc

Drilon dares Malacañang: File charges vs LP members in Duterte ouster plot

Oct 03, 2018 - 11:01 AM

'Let me borrow Secretary Roque's own words. We should not take Roque seriously,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon after the Palace official insisted on the Liberal Party's role in an alleged Duterte ouster plot

Minority Leader Senatir Franklin Drilon grilling Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III at the 2019 budget hearing of the Department of Labor and Employment. September 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

AFP: No 'Red-Yellow' coalition to oust Duterte

Oct 02, 2018 - 11:43 AM

(UPDATED) Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez says there is no coalition between the Communist Party of the Philippines and the Liberal Party

SECURITY OFFICIALS. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (left) and AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr (center) at the Senate hearing on the proposed 2019 defense budget on October 2, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DILG backs AFP's proposed anti-communist task force

Sep 29, 2018 - 7:37 PM

A former Armed Forces chief himself, DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año says the country's long-running communist insurgency 'is not primarily a military or police problem but a governance problem'

EX-AFP CHIEF. In this file photo, DILG OIC Eduardo Año speaks during a press conference at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Liberal Party forms task force to assist De Lima

Sep 26, 2018 - 6:57 PM

The task force is expected to closely coordinate with jailed Senator Leila de Lima to assist her in handling her legal, legislative, and other work-related concerns

LP HONORS DE LIMA. Senator Leila de Lima arrives at the Quezon City Region Trial Court to attend the hearing on her disobedience to summons case on August 2, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LP's initial Senate slate for 2019: Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Erin Tañada

Sep 25, 2018 - 10:47 AM

(UPDATED) The Liberal Party formally nominates Aquino, Diokno, and Tañada as senatorial candidates for the 2019 elections

Robredo hopes more ‘advocates’ to 'professionalize' LP

Sep 15, 2018 - 3:23 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says having non-politician members will help ensure that advocacies, not elections, set party direction

LP CHAIRPERSON. Vice President Leni Robredo hopes the "advocates" now joining the Liberal Party will set a new direction for the party. Screenshot by Rappler

LIST: Opposition reveals 18 possible names for 2019 Senate slate

Sep 10, 2018 - 5:56 PM

(UPDATED) Dingdong Dantes is among the names being considered by the opposition, according to Liberal Party president and Senator Francis Pangilinan

2019 SLATE. The opposition bloc bares the list of possible names for its 2019 senatorial slate

Robredo, LP want Piñol, NFA's Aquino fired over rice crisis

Sep 03, 2018 - 12:50 PM

To help address inflation and the rice shortage, Liberal Party stalwarts call for the passage of the Bawas Presyo bill, which would suspend the excise tax on fuel under the TRAIN law

LP ADDRESSES INFLATION. From L-R: Senators Francis Pangilinan and Bam Aquino, Vice President Leni Robredo, and Representatives Miro Quimbo and Kit Belmonte. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

HOAX: ‘Ex-LP congressman buys posh Alabang home post-Yolanda’

Aug 09, 2018 - 7:39 PM

This story is pure fiction. Both the alleged congressman and the lawyer who pointed out the 'issue' do not exist

Trending: Suarez #FakeMinority

Aug 08, 2018 - 1:09 PM

Netizens have a field day after the House of Representatives finally declared Quezon Representative Danilo Suarez as Minority leader

HOAX: 'Unpaid SONA protesters' swarm Liberal Party headquarters

Aug 01, 2018 - 4:36 PM

The blog post was published in February 2018, 4 months before the 2018 SONA and the alleged gathering outside the LP headquarters

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Jul 30, 2018 - 9:45 PM

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LP, Makabayan lawmakers join forces in bid for House minority

Jul 30, 2018 - 4:25 PM

The bloc led by Marikina 2nd District Representative Miro Quimbo now has 22 members

Liberal Party lawmakers claim they're real House minority

Jul 25, 2018 - 5:05 PM

They say Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez can no longer be minority leader since he voted for new House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Robredo, LP leaders hail bicam approval of Bangsamoro law

Jul 22, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'The law is not just a document, but about charting a better future now for the people of Mindanao,' say leaders of the Liberal Party

PEACE. Vice President and Partido Liberal chairperson Leni Robredo says the proposed Bangsamoro Organic Law will bring a better future for the people in Mindanao. Photo by the Office of the Vice President