Arroyo joins PDP

THEN AND NOW. President Rodrigo R. Duterte (center) poses with former President and Manila Mayor Joseph E. Estrada (left), former President and Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2nd from left), former President and Special Envoy to China Fidel V. Ramos (2nd from right), and former President Benigno S. Aquino III (right), before the start of the National Security Council (NSC) meeting at the State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace on July 27. REY BANIQUET/PPD


MANILA — Former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo jumped ship to the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP) party on Wednesday.

Arroyo, who belonged to the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats), took her oath before PDP Secretary-General and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

“My joining the PDP is to consolidate support for the President. It is a matter of course as we have been talking about this for quite some time,” Arroyo said in a statement.

Aside from Arroyo, Bohol Rep. Arthur Yap also took his oath as a new PDP member.

The number of PDP members in the House of Representatives so far stands at 123.

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