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Independent opposition Rep. Edcel C. Lagman said that “the disgruntled majority members who are identified with the ousted leadership cannot strengthen the authentic minority in the House of Representatives because they come with hurt egos and without ideology, conviction and commitment as oppositionists”. 

Lagman added that “they might as well join the anointed ‘minority’ since they come from the same partisan corral.”

The Bicol solon also stated that the majority in the House consists of two groups, namely “the more numerous supermajority and a smaller aggrupation of majority allies who masquerade as ‘minority’.” 

The handpicking by the majority leadership of the “minority leader” was formalized in the 17th Congress and is perpetuated in the 18th Congress, according to Lagman.