In yet another strongly-worded statement against the Duterte administration, Vice President Leni Robredo said on Monday, February 27, that the reorganization of the Senate committees showed that it is “incapable of tolerating dissent, no matter how constructive.”
“What happened in the Senate today is characteristic of an administration obsessed with monopolizing power and intent on marginalizing those who have opposing views,” she said in a press statement.
“When we were given the mandate by the people, we were determined to work with this administration to put national interest before politics,” she said.
Robredo, who has taken on the leadership of the Liberal Party (LP) since she was removed last December from the Duterte Cabinet as chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), raised a specter of dictatorship over the stripping of chairmanship of major committees of senators belonging to LP.
“This has happened before. In the past, this paved the way for a one-man rule. We will not be silenced. Our nation deserves no less. Democracy demands dissent,” Robredo said.