Some LP members eye bolting House 'supermajority'

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Vice President Leni Robredo has said she would be more vocal in opposing some of the administration's policies.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Following Vice President Leni Robredo's move to bolt the Duterte Cabinet, some of her partymates at the House of Representatives are mulling over leaving the "supermajority" alliance with the administration.

Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice of the Liberal Party (LP) — wherein Robredo is the chair — said on Tuesday that it would leave a bad taste in the mouth if the Vice President was on the other side of the fence of her congressmen-partymates.

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"Napaka-akward... Napakasagwa na kaming nasa House na LP ay nasa majority at ang leader ng partido ay opposition leader [that would be very embarrassing if we are with the majority while our leader is with the opposition]," Erice said.

There are 34 LP members at  the lower House — 29 in the supermajority and five in the minority. Those in the majority were given House leadership posts and committee chairmanships. Joining the minority would mean losing these positions.

LP members in the minority agree it's important to strengthen the voice of the opposition now — especially because the administration wants controversial measures to be passed.

CNN Philippines tried to reach LP members in the "supermajority" but so far, none have replied.

Meanwhile at the Senate, Sen. Bam Aquino said there's no need for LP members to bolt the majority.

"The Senate is very independent these days. Per issue iba-iba rin yung magkakasama," Aquino said. [We decide based on issues.]

He cited that in the case of the Marcos burial, the Senate President, who belongs to the admin party, voted against having it at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

"So as long as we keep that independence, we'll probably stay with the majority here," Aquino pointed out.

He added that he would not consider Robredo an opposition, saying the "opposition" of today needed to be redefined.

Aquino said that not everything was in "black and white" anymore — as one could speak up against the administration if it would do something wrong, but one could support the government if it would do things in order.

CNN Philippines' Joyce Ilas and Cecille Lardizabal contributed to this report.