Thursday| May 05, 2017
Five Liberal Party members in the house were sworn into the ruling of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban). Liberal Party now has only 27 members.
The following LP members took their oath before PDP-Laban secretary-general and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Wednesday, May 10:
Ansaruddin Adiong, Lanao del Sur 1st District
Winston Castelo, Quezon City 2nd District
Geraldine Roman, Bataan 1st District
Nancy Catamco, North Cotabato 2nd District
Alfred Vargas, Quezon City 5th District
Twenty-two of the remaining LP legislators signed a coalition agreement with PDP-Laban, while the other 5 are part of the opposition bloc.
Aside from Adiong, Castelo, Roman, Catamco, and Vargas, 5 other legislators also jumped ship to PDP-Laban:
Rodolfo Albano III, Isabela 1st District
Abdulmunir Arbison, Sulu 2nd District
Scott Davies Lanete, Masbate 3rd District
Xavier Jesus Romualdo, Camiguin
Divina Grace Yu, Zamboanga del Sur 1st District
Romualdo used to be from LP, but he transferred to Lakas-CMD in February.
PDP-Laban now has 121 members out of the 293 lawmaker.
Their respective constituencies was a factor in the departure of the 5 lawmakers from LP.
According to Vargas, there is "overwhelming" support for Duterte in his district.
"We want to support this administration and we want it to succeed. And with our consultations with our constituents, talagang overwhelming naman ang support sa administration na ito.
"Aside from my vision for the entire country, which I share with the President because we have a shared vision, he has very good intentions, I also look after the welfare of my district," she said.
"My message as a member of the LP before is that I want to help the President and this administration to succeed because the success of the President and this administration is the success of the entire nation. And the failure of this President and this administration is the failure of the entire nation. And our country cannot afford to fail," added Roman.
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