MANILA - Liberal Party members in the House of Representatives are still considering a move to join the House majority, Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice clarified Tuesday.
"We, in the Liberal Party, (are) still deciding whether we will join the majority or we’ll stay with the minority," Erice told ANC's Dateline Philippines.
"We will be consulting with the leadership of the party, we have not yet decided."
Erice earlier said LP lawmakers have decided to join the House majority following President Rodrigo Duterte's endorsement of Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano as House Speaker for 15 months.
He said most of the 18 LP congressmen would like to join the House majority for "practical reasons," especially neophyte lawmakers who want to be reelected.
"They want to participate in the committees. They want to be active as members of the respective committees to pursue their legislative advocacies, which they cannot do if they will remain as independent because independents have no committees," he said.
Should LP join the House majority, it will remain opposed to charter change, federalism, death penalty, and lowering of the age of criminal liability, Erice said.
"We cannot compromise these and we will be voting against these even if we will be joining the majority," he said.
He said they will decide before Duterte's 4th State of the Nation Address on July 22.
"We’ll finally decide before the SONA what will be more important to legislators, preserving their respective districts or toeing the party line," he said.