Netizen On Robredo's Reaction After Senate Revamp: Something's Not Not Right Somewhere

"Is this another blindside move to pin down the Duterte government to reinforce the portrayal of a looming dictatorship?"
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After the removal of Liberal Party (LP) senators from key posts, Vice President Leni Robredo in a statement said it is “now clear that the Duterte administration 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.

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.
However, a supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte named Mark Lopez in a Facebook post shared his thought on VP Robredo's statement about this issue.

Wait a minute, something is not right somewhere...

Let's dissect this Senate revamp.

Based on his interview with mainstream media when he was asked how he felt about the changes, Drilon only said: "Nothing. We are not kapit-tuko. It’s a number’s game. They have the numbers."

And he even was the one who seconded the motion by Sen Pacquiao to replace him as Senate President Pro Tempore with Ralph Recto.

And Senate President Pimentel said that there is a need for this because "there is already a blurring of lines, and that is hampering our work."

So they had it coming. And it's all because they need it to work more efficiently.

So how come that immediately after the revamp circus, the Office of the Vice President has a press statement released, with the following wording --

“What happened in the Senate today is characteristic of an administration obsessed with monopolizing power and intent on marginalizing those who have opposing views."

“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."

Huh?

Why would Leni say that yet her LP colleagues really were not bothered at all?

Is this another blindside move to pin down the Duterte government to reinforce the portrayal of a looming dictatorship?

What's going on?
Just to give you a quick throwback on the senate revamp: it was neophyte Senator Manny Pacquiao who motioned to remove from key positions LP senators Franklin Drilon, Francis Pangilinan, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, as well as Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros.

Replacing Drilon as Senate President Pro-Tempore is Senator Ralph Recto, who used to be the Senate Minority Leader. Drilon, however, remains to be the chair of the Senate committee on constitutional amendments.

Senator Francis Escudero also left the minority bloc as he replaced Sen. Aquino as the new education committee chairperson. Aquino is still the head of the committee on Science and Technology.

Senator Cynthia Villar and Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito, are the new agriculture and health committee chairpersons, respectively. Villar replaced Pangilinan while Ejercito replaced Hontiveros.