Sereno and Morales are welcome in LP: They should join opposition slate to fight, speak - Bam Aquino - The Daily Sentry

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Sereno and Morales are welcome in LP: They should join opposition slate to fight, speak - Bam Aquino

Maria Lourdes Sereno | Conchita Carpio-Morales | CTTO

Opposition Senator Paolo "Bam" Aquino said that ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and outgoing Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales should join the opposition "Resistance Coalition" slate for the mid-term 2019 national elections.

Aquino also said that opposition slate needs strong candidates who are ready to fight and speak against the courses of policies that are destructive to the country.

He admitted that there is still no complete resistance slate from the political opposition.

Maria Lourdes Sereno | CTTO

Conchita Carpio-Morales | CTTO

"Wala pa, but I'm sure to tell you as soon as there are new names. Everyday there are more people saying that we need more people to be independent, to speak out on policies which are not good for the country, kailangan ng maraming tao na magsasalita and hopefully some of these people will end up in our opposition slate."

The Resistance Coalition is an alliance of Liberal Party (LP), Akbayan and Magdalo party-list groups, and Tindig Pilipinas.

Aquino said if Sereno wants to run for office she should be joining the opposition slate and LP welcomes her.

Maria Lourdes Sereno | CTTO

"Actually sa totoo lang, if she want to run, she should join in our slate but I haven;t really talked to her about it."

Prior to and after her ouster Sereno had appeared at several gatherings and television interviews organized by groups sympathetic toward her plight speak about judicial independence.

Sereno after was ousted by majority of the Supreme Court justice was seen as rising opposition chair who has challenged President Rodrigo Duterte demanding for his resignation.

Sereno claimed that Pres. Duterte was the one behind decision of the Supreme Court (SC) against her appointment from sitting the top magistrate position citing Duterte's past remarks calling her an enemy and by asking the Congress to fast-track her impeachment are proof that he had a hand in her ouster.

On the chances of outgoing Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales joining the LP senatorial slate, Aquino said: “Why not?’’

Conchita Carpio-Morales | CTTO

"Alam mo kung mayroon kang mga tao na handang tumutol, handang magsalita, handang maging independent, palagay ko all of them will be good members of the opposition slate, kailangan namin iyon."

It can be recalled that President Duterte and Morales were previously engaged in word war on the Ombudsman's probe to the allegations of Duterte's bank accounts.

LP President Senator Francis Pangilinan, urging actress Agot Isidro who often criticizes the government and Pres Duterte, to run under its senatorial slate.

"Si Senator Pangilinan is the one talking to her."

"I'll go back to this, at a time when most everyone wants to remain quiet, karamihan gusto na lang tumahimik, karamihan natatakot magsalita, kailangan mo ng mga tao na handang tumindig, tumutol, at magsalita para sa taumbayan. Hopefully these will be the individuals that we will find in the opposition slate."

Sen. Aquino said that Liberal Party is not particular in completing the slots for 12 senatorial candidates.

"Ang tawag ng panahon ay hindi ang LP magbuo ng 12. Ang tawag ng panahon ay magkaroon ng coalition ang oposisyon made up of different parties, institutions, and groups,"


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Source: INQ