Kiko Pangili­nan quits as LP pres­i­dent

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SE­NA­TOR Fran­cis “Kiko” Pangili­nan has re­signed as pres­i­dent of the Lib­eral Party (LP) ef­fec­tive June 30, 2019 in the wake of the de­feat of all Otso Diretso sen­a­to­rial can­di­dates.

Pangili­nan handed his let­ter of res­ig­na­tion to party chair­per­son Vice Pres­i­dent Maria Leonor “Leni” Ro­bredo, a state­ment posted on the party’s Face­book ac­count on Tues­day, May 21, stated.

“As cam­paign man­ager for the Otso Diretso slate, I was un­able to en­sure our vic­tory in the elec­tions and I there­fore as­sume full re­spon­si­bil­ity for the out­come and hold my­self pri­mar­ily ac­count­able for this de­feat and have ten­dered my res­ig­na­tion as pres­i­dent of the LP ef­fec­tive June 30, 2019,” Pangili­nan said in a state­ment posted on his Twit­ter.

Que­zon City Sixth Dis­trict Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Christophe­r Bel­monte also re­signed as LP sec­re­tary gen­eral.

Lawyer Barry Gutierrez, spokesper­son of Ro­bredo, said the Vice Pres­i­dent re­jected the res­ig­na­tions of the two LP of­fi­cials, as “much work re­mains to be done, and they will do it, to­gether.”

Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Sal­vador Panelo de­scribed Pangili­nan’s

res­ig­na­tion as com­mend­able.

“That’s com­mend­able. He ac­cepts de­feat,” Panelo said in a press con­fer­ence Tues­day.

He said the Otso Diretso can­di­dates lost be­cause the peo­ple do not be­lieve in them.

“Kaya na­t­alo sila dahil ang taum­bayan hindi nani­wala sa kanila. Mas nani­wala kay Pres­i­dent Duterte,” he added.

Sought for re­ac­tion on Ro­bredo’s de­ci­sion, Panelo said: “That’s for her and the Se­na­tor Pangili­nan to re­solve. I re­ally don’t know how to read those state­ments. What I know is he re­signed — the se­na­tor. and the VP re­jected to ac­cept the res­ig­na­tion. That’s in­ter­nal within the party. We will never in­ter­fere.”

“Let LP speak for it­self and we will watch in amuse­ment,” the Palace of­fi­cial added.

The Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Comelec) has yet to pro­claim the win­ning 12 sen­a­to­rial can­di­dates be­cause votes from the United States have yet to ar­rive.

The COC from the US was the only COC that has yet to be can­vassed by the Na­tional Board of Can­vassers (NBOC) as of Tues­day. There are 228,472 reg­is­tered vot­ers in the US.

As of Mon­day night, the top six in the sen­a­to­rial race were re­elec­tion­ist Se­na­tor Cyn­thia Vil­lar (25,215,678), re­elec­tion­ist Se­na­tor Grace Poe (21,981,275), for­mer pres­i­den­tial aide Christophe­r Go (20,579,811), Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Pia Cayetano (19,719,629), ex-po­lice chief Bato dela Rosa (18,922,017), and Se­na­tor Sonny An­gara (18,110,367) .

Round­ing up the top 12 were for­mer se­na­tor Lito Lapid (16,932,255), Ilo­cos Norte Gov­er­nor Imee Mar­cos (15,811,231), for­mer pres­i­den­tial po­lit­i­cal ad­viser Fran­cis To­lentino (15,446,517), Se­na­tor Aquilino “Koko” Pi­mentel (14,617,686), for­mer se­na­tor Bong Revilla (14,608,102), and Se­na­tor Nancy Bi­nay (14,484,839).

Of the Otso Diretso can­di­dates, Se­na­tor Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV re­ceived the high­est number of votes and was clos­est to the magic 12, with 14,117,528 as of Mon­day night.

Other Otso Diretso can­di­dates are Mag­dalo Partylist Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Gary Ale­jano, human rights lawyer Chel Dio­kno, Samira Gu­toc, for­mer so­lic­i­tor gen­eral Florin Hil­bay, lawyer Ro­mulo Ma­cal­in­tal, for­mer se­na­tor Manuel Roxas II, and for­mer con­gress­man Erin Tañada.

Al­le­ga­tions of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties have hounded the sen­a­to­rial race be­cause of a seven-hour glitch in the trans­mit­tal of elec­tion re­turns through the Comelec trans­parency server af­ter the May 13 elec­tions.

The elec­tions were also marred by the mal­func­tion­ing of about a thou­sand vote count­ing ma­chines and the dis­tri­bu­tion of over a thou­sand faulty SD data cards./ Suns­tar Philippine­s

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

AT YOUR SER­VICE. Per­son­nel of E.B. Ma­ga­lona Po­lice Sta­tion join the "Hy­giene Day" ini­ti­ated by nurses and LGBT groups in the province at Ali­cante El­e­men­tary School in the said town yes­ter­day.

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