By Junex Doronio
MANILA — Despite the appreciation of the progressive Makabayan bloc in Congress on the formation of the 1Sambayan led by retired Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio to unite ostensibly the “democratic forces”, the main opposition Liberal Party appears lukewarm which may eventually divide the anti-administration coalition.
LP president and Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan had noted that politics should not be the priority right now but stopping the increase in Covid-19 infections.
“We can talk politics maybe two, three months before the deadline of filing [of certificate of candidacy]… maybe July, August,” Pangilinan said.
Sources said the LP appears to be wary that 1Sambayan may not pick Vice President Leni Robredo as the standard-bearer of the so-called “united opposition” as Castro is now projecting himself as a feasible presidential material.
On Wednesday, Carpio said President Rodrigo Roa Duterte “anointing” his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio as his successor is the “height of political dynasty.”
Carpio pointed out that the 1Sambayan has to take a “strong position” because the President is bringing his political dynasty to the national level.
The retired magistrate also mocked Senator Manny Pacquiao’s poor attendance in legislative sessions.
“As a congressman, Pacquiao was the number one absentee, he was topnotch in absences in Congress. As a senator, he again topped, he was number one in absences,” Carpio said.
Pacquiao shot back: “Despite some absences while in Congress, my record as a legislator can speak for itself.”
The “poor boy from GenSan” who rose to become world boxing champion and now lawmaker claimed that he has co-authored several measures including bills on the Free Internet Access Program and the Expanded Maternity Leave.
Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson revealed that his seatmate Pacquiao really intends to run for president in 2022. (AI/MTVN)