Detained Senator Leila de Lima officially joined the minority bloc following the decision of four of her colleagues from the Liberal Party (LP) to give up their choice leadership position and chairmanship of major committees.
In a handwritten letter sent on Tuesday, February 28, to Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, de Lima said: “This is to give notice that I am formally withdrawing from the majority in order to join the minority bloc in the Senate.”
The letter was dated Monday, February 27, and was read by Sen. Vicente Sotto during the plenary session.
Senators Bam Aquino, Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Risa Hontiveros, and Franklin Drilon announced on Monday that they will be joining the minority bloc.
The announcement of the four senators came after they were stripped of from their positions and committee chairmanships at the Senate.
Drilon, LP chairman, was replaced by Sen. Ralph Recto as Senate President Pro Tempore.
Pangilinan, LP president, was replaced by Sen. Cynthia Villar as chairperson of the agriculture committee.
Aquino was replaced by Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero as chairperson of the education committee.
Hontiveros was replaced by Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito as Health committee chair.