LP Budget Maybe Badly Affected by Duterte’s War on Drugs, Source Said

Days after President Rodrigo Duterte announced the names of more than 150 local public officials and politicians, former Liberal Party (LP) top official said, the party’s cash flow maybe badly affected by Duterte’s announcement.

On Monday, the former Metro Manila 3-term congressman, and former LP-Metro manila chair said most of the local politicians on the President’s lists are members of Liberal Party and are known big party contributors.

The source, who refused to identify his name while on air during a telephone interview with Bombo Radyo, said the Liberal Party spent a lot of money during the Roxas-Robredo campaign, and it might be hard for the party to raise the same amount of fund again without its big party contributors.

“Sen. President Drilon knows it, Mar, knows it, Leni knows it – that’s why she asked for contributions  from people for her legal fees because she knows that party is in financial trouble”, the source said.

“Another thing is that, Leni seems to have been left behind by the party. I think she is on her own now. With the left and right exposé of local politicians who are involved in drug trade, I think the party is taking “lay low” right now,” the source added.

Earlier, former DILG Secretary and presidential candidate Mar Roxas was accused of being connected to two generals who are suspected drug protectors, but the former denied the allegations.

Of 150 local public officials whom Duterte had mentioned, dozens belong to Liberal Party.

“Drilon is still the chairman and I don’t know what will be the fate of LP once Drilon steps down from the Senate presidency”, the source said. /Lilibeth Carpio – Quezon City/

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