Mareng Winnie slams LP members for switching to PDP-Laban: “Balimbing”

President Rodrigo Duterte’s harsh ranting on TV press conferences isn’t the dirtiest political matter that is trendy today.


For former Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Solita “Mareng Winnie” Monsod, it is the so called “Balimbing” Political Parties who joins alliances with the ones swearing back to the President.

 “If Duterte’s antics are disgraceful, there are others who should be equally denounced, if not more so, for doing damage to the Filipino people. Take the Liberal Party, or most of its members. They immediately deserted what they thought was a sinking ship, to join the ranks of the Duterte group,” said Monsod in her Philippine Daily Inquirer column.

According to Monsod, LP members found interest to join PDP-Laban which only had 1 percent or three members in the next Congress.

“Within one week after the elections, the Duterte faction managed to ensure the House speakership for the person anointed by Duterte, helped by 80 of the 115 Liberals,” said Monsod.

“Why don’t I denounce the Nationalist People’s Coalition, or the Nacionalista Party, and the like as well? Because they, as political parties, formed a coalition with the Duterte camp. The Liberals, thinking only of themselves (chairmanships bring a lot of perks, including monetary) and not of their constituents (after all, they were elected as Liberals), just jumped ship,” Monsod added.

The columnist also expressed that the President is wrong in picking Davao del Norte Rep. Bebot Alvarez as Speaker, such matters should be the discretion of the members of the Congress as this abides the separation of powers between the Executive and Legislative

“Since when did the president (the head of the executive branch) get to choose the head of the legislative branch with such impunity? Yet it was accepted, without a murmur, by the general public. What happened to the separation of powers, to checks and balances?” asked Monsod.

When Monsod asked when the president chose the head of the legislative branch with such impunity yet it was accepted, without a murmur, by the general public. What happened to the separation of powers, to checks and balances? The public didn’t respond and with which means that “we have not matured since 1992, when the same thing occurred under Fidel V. Ramos.”

Source: Politics