Alvarez: In politics, it is always personal interest PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 April 2017 10:43

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez does not discount the possibility that officials who may have joined the Partido Demokratikong Pilipino (PDP) were motivated by personal interest.

The House Speaker made the statement in reply to a question on how party higher ups can gauge the sincerity of the applicants turned party newbies.

The PDP in Zamboanga was a small party that merely had a handful of members before the 2016 elections whose membership grew to over 800 after mass oathtaking rites yesterday.

Coincidentally oath taking rites were also held during a time when Congress is mulling over a bill which will allow President Rodrigo Duterte to appoint temporary officials to barangay posts in the country.

“Yun sincerity mahirap i-guarantee.  This is politics so we cannot judge them also right away on personal interest.  In politics it is always personal interest,” said Alvarez.

Majority of those who applied were barangay officials whose positions are endangered by the pending bill seeking the appointment of these individuals to barangay positions once the measure is passed into law.

Congressman Celso Lobregat for his part defended officials from allegations of personal interest, saying that the latter have expressed interest in applying even before the bill was made public.

Lobregat said that he invited the barangay officials during their Christmas party last year.

“It started even before the pronouncement of the President.  These people even applied before hand, March or February, they wanted to join even before the pronouncement,” Lobregat explained. (Liza Jocson)