Palace re­spects Mak­abayan bloc's de­fec­tion from House ma­jor­ity

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MALA­CAÑANG on Thurs­day re­spects the de­ci­sion of seven partylist law­mak­ers be­long­ing to mil­i­tant Mak­abayan bloc to bolt out from the ma­jor­ity in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Ernesto Abella said the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion had ex­pressed hope that it could still work to­gether with the Mak­abayan bloc even af­ter it aban­doned the House su­per ma­jor­ity.

"We take due no­tice of the de­ci­sion of the seven partylist rep­re­sen­ta­tives be­long­ing to the Mak­abayan bloc to leave the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives ma­jor­ity coali­tion," Abella said in a state­ment.

"We were hope­ful that they would re­main open to work­ing to­gether with the ad­min­is­tra­tion, par­tic­u­larly on pro-poor, pro-peo­ple is­sues," he added.

Abella's state­ment came af­ter the Mak­abayan bloc an­nounced ear­lier in the day its de­fec­tion from the House su­per ma­jor­ity and cre­ation of an "in­de­pen­dent bloc" that would "in­ten­sify op­po­si­tion to the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion."

Mem­bers of Mak­abayan bloc in­clude Rep­re­sen­ta­tives An­to­nio Tinio and France Cas­tro of ACT Teach­ers; Em­mie de Je­sus and Ar­lene Brosas of Gabriela Women's; Car­los Zarate of Bayan Muna; Ariel Casi­lao of Anakpawis; and Sarah Elago of Ka­bataan.

Fol­low­ing its de­ci­sion to cut ties with the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion, the Mak­abayan bloc said it would chal­lenge the "fas­cist, pro-im­pe­ri­al­ist, and anti-peo­ple regime."

"To­day, we, seven party-list rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Mak­abayan bloc, de­clare our sep­a­ra­tion from the Ma­jor­ity Coali­tion in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives to in­ten­sify our op­po­si­tion to the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion that has now fully un­rav­eled as a fas­cist, pro-im­pe­ri­al­ist, and anti-peo­ple regime," the group said in a state­ment. Sun­Star Philip­pines

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