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Robredo rejects resignation of top LP officials

Vice President and Liberal Party (LP) Chairman Leni Robredo has rejected the resignation of top LP officials, Senator Francis Pangilinan and Quezon City Representative Christopher "Kit" Belmonte, who quit as LP president and LP secretary general, respectively.

"The Vice President has not accepted Senator Kiko’s and Cong. Kit’s resignations. Much work remains to be done, and they will do it, together," lawyer Barry Gutierrez, spokesperson of Robredo, said in a statement.

The LP top officials resigned as they took responsibility over the opposition's gut wrenching defeat in the May 2019 polls since not a single opposition bet won in the 2019 Senate race.

The LP-led coalition dubbed as Otso Diretso fielded eight Senate bets. Of the eight, Senator Bam Aquino ranked the highest at 14th place, while former LP President and Interior and Local Government Chief Mar Roxas ranked 16th based on partial and unofficial results from the Comelec Transparency Server.

The rest of them ranked 21st and below.

Malacañang on Tuesday commended Pangilinan’s decision to resign as LP president, saying it shows the senator accepts defeat.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the "overwhelming majority" of the electorate responded to the hugely popular Duterte's call to support those whom he said would help pass laws supportive of his goal "to uplift the masses of our people and give them comfortable lives they richly deserve."

Panelo said the voters rejected the negative propaganda unleashed by the opposition against the President and his administration such as extrajudicial killings, the drug war and the South China Sea dispute. —KG, GMA News