Robredo: Liberal Party solons are the real House minority

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Vice President Leni Robredo is the chairperson of the Liberal Party.

Tacloban City (CNN Philippines, August 3) — Vice President Leni Robredo said Congress should recognize members of the Liberal Party in the Lower House as the new minority bloc.

"Oo naman, kasi pag 'yung rules ng House ang susundin sila naman talaga ang karapat-dapat," Robredo said in her visit in Salcedo town Thursday. "Pero titingnan natin kung ire-respeto 'yun ng House."

[Translation: Of course. If those are the rules of the House, then they should be the leaders. But we'll see if the House respects that rule.]

Robredo said the leadership of House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will test how she will handle the struggle of three groups claiming to be the real House Minority bloc: the one with leader ABS-Partylist Representative Eugene De Vera, another headed by Representative Danilo Suarez, and the third helmed by Marikina Representative Romero "Miro" Quimbo.

Quimbo and Robredo both belong to the Liberal Party.

The lawmakers are arguing over a House rule which states that a House member becomes part of the Majority when he or she votes for the person who becomes Speaker.

Quimbo told CNN Philippines' On the Record that he leaves it up to Arroyo to resolve the issue.

READ: Lawmakers vying for top minority post will defer to House Speaker on leadership decision

The Vice President also said that she wishes the new House Speaker well, saying that this is also the time for the former president to disprove allegations against her during her presidency.

Arroyo's presidency was marred by the "Hello Garci" election scandal in 2004 and an admission in 2005 that she spoke to the then-election commissioner Virgilio Garciliano to secure her votes.