By Genalyn Kabiling
The government would rather “watch in amusement” than meddle in the affairs of the opposition Liberal Party (LP), Malacañang said Tuesday.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the Palace would rather distance itself from the internal matters of the opposition party even as he lauded Senator Francis Pangilinan’s resignation as LP president over the defeat of the Otso Diretso senatorial slate in the recent midterm elections.
Pangilinan’s resignation, however, was reportedly rejected by Vice President Leni Robredo.
“That’s for her and Senator Pangilinan to resolve…That’s an intramural within the party. We will never interfere,” Panelo said during a news conference at the Palace.
When asked if the LP party seemed in disarray after the poll defeat, Panelo said: “I really can’t speak for them.. Let the Liberal Party speak for itself. We will watch in amusement.”
Panelo, however, recognized that Pangilinan’s resignation as LP president was “commendable.”
“That’s commendable. He accepts defeat,” he said about Pangilinan’s move.
“As he says it, he was responsible for the loss of the senatorial candidates of the Liberal Party and the Otso Diretso,” he added.
In explaining the shutout of the Otso Diretso slate, Panelo said voters chose to believe President Duterte than the criticisms hurled by the opposition senatorial candidates against him.
“They didn’t raise the issue against the candidates endorsed by the President or Mayor Sara, but they concentrated and focused on the performance of the President, and the issue was raised against him and the people simply repudiated them,” he said.