Belmonte sets conditions before joining House Majority under Duterte administration

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Former House Speaker Sonny Belmonte has dropped his minority leadership bid after members of the Liberal Party decide to join the majority. (file photo)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — It seems that outgoing Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte Jr. is still not set on becoming the House Minority leader in the 17th Congress.

He said he may still join the majority — but only if the Liberal Party (LP) gets the same treatment as other political parties in the majority.

According to Belmonte, some PDP-Laban members want to limit the number of liberals joining the coalition to just 20.

“There are various decisions. One group wants to reduce number of liberals to 20 which is way below, in that case I can't a member of such a group,” Belmonte said.

Belmonte added he can't agree with this condition since ruling party PDP-Laban allowed more members of other political parties to join the Majority.

Belmonte said if the LP gets the same treatment with other parties, he just might join the Majority.

“If we can be [at] par then certainly it's a real option for me to be the head of the liberal people who would like to form a part of coalition, said Belmonte.

Belmonte also said some 15 LP members are keen on joining the independent minority, which might require them to take a leave of absence from LP.