LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — The Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino (PDP) Laban-Lakas ng Bayan, the political party of President Rodrigo Duterte, scored a big catch when over 200 local officials of Pangasinan from governor down to city and town councilors officially became its members after a mass oath-taking today (Wednesday) at the Sison Auditorium.
The new PDP Laban-Lakas ng Bayan affiliates were led in the oath-taking by Fifth District Representative Amado Espino Jr,, who was sworn in as Provincial party president, by Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi, the party’s national vice chairman.
Cusi also administered the oath of Espino’s son and namesake Governor Amado Espino III and Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim.
The party president is Senate President Koko Pimentel while the Secretary General is Speaker Bebot Alvarez.
Espino, former three-term governor of Pangasinan, was with Aksyon Demokratiko.
As provincial party president, Congressman Espino administered the oath of affiliation of the 14 provincial board members as well as 16 municipal mayors previously belonging to either National People’s Coalition (NPC) or Liberal Party.
The elder Espino also administered the oath of over 200 vice mayors and councilors as well as other political leaders of Pangasinan.
Among the non-officials who joined the party of the president is former Dagupan City Mayor Alipio Fernandez Jr.
Also in that forum is first district Rep. Jesus Celeste, who had earlier joined the party of the President.
In his speech, Cusi said that Pangasinan was the first province where the party of the President first recruited new members who will support the programs and projects of the present administration.
He, however, clarified that any one affiliating to PDP Laban-Lakas ng Bayan must first present papers showing that they have resigned from their old party.
The new recruits, he said, must also attend a party orientation concerning the advocacy of PDP Laban-Lakas ng Bayan, including its pursuit of federalism.
Cusi said everybody is welcome to join the party of the President but must adhere to its principles and advocacies. Leonardo Micua/PNA-northboundasia.com