More lawmakers from PDP-Laban, local officials join Lakas-CMD

Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualde administers the oath as new Lakas-CMD members to Mayor Oscarlito Hernandez of San Luis Batangas,  Vice Mayor Angelita Castillo of San Pascual, along with Councilor Hazzel Bulanhagui of the same town and Councilor Patricia Nicole Abrahan of Bauan, Batangas during simple rites Tuesday afternoon at the Social Hall of the Office of the Speaker in the House of Representatives. House Majority Leader and Zamboanga City 2nd District Rep. Manuel Jose “Mannix” M. Dalipe, Senior Deputy Speaker Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales, Jr., Agusan Del Norte 1st District Rep. Jose “Joboy” Aquino, and Isabela 1st District Rep. Antonio “Tonypet” Albano, Batangas 2nd District Rep. Gerville “Jinky Bitrics” Luistro, and Cavite 2nd District Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla witnessed the event.

MORE and more local officials, including three lawmakers who were former members of the erstwhile ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) on Tuesday afternoon joined the Lakas-Christian-Muslim Democrats (CMD), bringing the party’s strength in the House of Representatives to 89.

Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez, who is Lakas-CMD president, administered the oath to Reps. Richard Kho, Olga Kho, and Wilton Kho of Masbate’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd District, respectively, and 17 town mayors and a municipal vice mayor as new party members. 

“We are elated to welcome our colleagues and local officials, who, we believe, share our deep commitment to help our beloved President, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., further grow our economy, create more income and job opportunities, and make food products accessible and affordable. In sum, to make life generally better for our people,” Speaker Romualdez said.

Speaker Romualdez, leader of the 300-plus-strong House of Representatives, and other party officials hoped that “our new members will have a memorable and fruitful engagement with us, and we look forward to exchanging views and experiences with them.”

“We thank them and our local officials for joining Lakas-CMD,” he said.

Mayor Kristine Salve Kho of Mandaon, Masbate also took her oath alongside the province’s lawmakers as a new member of the party. 

The affiliation of the Khos followed with the swearing into Lakas-CMD in the last 20 days of 10 former PDP-Laban officials and members, namely Senior Deputy Speaker and Pampanga Rep. Aurelio “Dong” D. Gonzales Jr., Pampanga Rep. Carmelo “Jon” B. Lazatin II, Siquijor Rep. Zaldy S. Villa, Parañaque City 1st District Rep. Edwin L. Olivares, Pasay City Lone District Rep. Antonino G. Calixto, Zamboanga del Norte 2nd District Rep. Glona G. Labadlabad, Cebu 2nd District Rep. Eduardo Roa Rama Jr., Camarines Norte, 2nd District Rep. Rosemarie Conejos Panotes, Agusan del Norte 2nd District Rep. Dale B. Corvera, and Caloocan City 2nd District Rep. Mary Mitzi Cajayon-Uy. 

Nueva Ecija 1st District Rep. Mikaela Angela Suansing and Cagayan de Oro City 1st District Rep. Lordan G. Suan had also joined the Lakas-CMD. They were former members of the Nacionalista Party (NP). 

Fifteen of the 16 town mayors who decided to affiliate with the Lakas-CMD are from Aklan. They are Charit Navarosa of Libacao, Rex Gubatina of Madalag, Noel Redison of Banga, Denny Refol Sr. of Altavas, Jeseryl Templonuevo of Numancia, Gary Fuentes of Tangalan, Jose Miguel Miraflores of Ibajay, Ma. Fe Lasaleta of Nabas, Froilan Bautista of Malay, Concepcion Labindao of Buruanga, Jessica Panambo of New Washington, Lenette Fernandez of Lezo, Josephine Equiña of Malinao, Dexter Calizo of Balete, and Juris Sucro of Kalibo.

Aklan is composed of 17 towns. Gov. Jose Enrique Miraflores is a Lakas-CMD member.

Mayor Oscarlito Hernandez of San Luis Batangas and Vice Mayor Angelita Castillo of San Pascual, Batangas, along with Councilor Hazzel Bulanhagui of the same town and Councilor Patricia Nicole Abrahan of Bauan, Batangas, also joined the Lakas-CMD.

Speaker Romualdez administered the oath-taking in simple rites at the Social Hall of the Office of the Speaker at Batasan Complex in Quezon City.

The event was witnessed by House Majority Leader and Zamboanga City 2nd District Rep. Manuel Jose “Mannix” M. Dalipe and Agusan Del Norte 1st District Rep. Jose “Joboy” Aquino, as well as other members of the party.

The Lakas-CMD welcomed San Jose Del Monte City Mayor Arturo Robes of the PDP-Laban to the party on November 21.

Davao Oriental Vice Gov. Nelson Dayanghirang Jr. and provincial board members Andy Monday and Benjie Bulaong of the First District and Rochie Ravelo, Daud Linsag, and Harold Montes of the 2nd District joined the Lakas-CMD on November 22.

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