SENATOR Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan has succeeded former Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya as acting president of the Liberal Party (LP) and will keep the post until party elections are held.
Pangilinan succeeds both Abaya, as acting president, and former Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, who was party president on leave since 2014. Roxas ran for President in the last May 9 elections
“I am humbled by the designation. I realize the weight of the position and I accept the responsibilities it entails. I am responding to this call to serve the people,” said Pangilinan.
Prior to his new designation, Pangilinan was the LP’s immediate past vice president.
He noted that Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo and several LP senators, congressmen, and local officials won in the last elections. But given a weak ideological political party system in the Philippines, a number of LP members have moved to the ruling party, he said.
“We have our individual and collective roles in nation-building. Hindi tayo magiging hadlang sa mabubuting plano at gawain ng Duterte administration para sa bayan, tulad ng kanyang mga anti-poverty programs, pro-labor and massive infrastructure plans, support for farmers and fisher folks, particularly the coco levy bill for coconut farmers, peace-building initiatives, and the focus to develop Mindanao,” said Pangilinan.