- On Tuesday, House Speaker Sonny Belmonte Jr. confirmed that Liberal Party (LP) is in talks with the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Laban ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) for a possible coalition
- Aside from the usual traditional courtesy call with incoming President Rodrigo Duterte, Belmonte also met with PDP-Laban Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez
- The LP would like to be a part of the majority bloc instead of the becoming a minority in the House
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – House Speaker Feliciano ‘Sonny’ Belmonte Jr. confirmed on Tuesday that they are in a dialogue with Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Laban ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) for a probable alliance with Liberal Party in the 17th Congress.
Belmonte, whose visit to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is essentially a ‘courtesy call’, also met with Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez, at the Department of Public Works and Highways office in Panacan, Davao City. He acknowledged that LP has been in discussion with PDP-Laban’s Rep. Alvarez, who, according to GMA News Online was Duterte’s chosen candidate for Speaker, for some time.
“We have been actually in negotiations with Congressman Alvarez for a few weeks…”, Belmonte said.
He also said, in a press conference held at the Marco Polo Hotel, that the coalition is an option for the Liberal Party rather than becoming a minority in the House.
Out of the 115 LP supporters, at least 60 have already declared their interest to join PDP-Laban and support Rep. Alvarez in the Speakership bid, but Belmonte clarified that the coalition is only correlated to House of Representative members and not the entire LP. He also said outgoing President Benigno Aquino Jr. is aware of the switch.
Earlier, Nacionalista Party, Nationalist People’s Coalition, National Unity Party, Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats and Party-List Coalition have have already signed a coalition agreement with PDP-Laban.
Watch Belmonte’s confirmation on the coalition talks between LP, PDP-Laban below: