70 out of 98 Barangay Captains join PDP PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 April 2017 10:46

By DEXTER YAP

Four councilors and 70 barangay captains were among more than 800 individuals who took their oath to become new members of the Partido Demokratikong Pilipino before House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez at the Royce Convention Center yesterday.

The barangay captains were joined by 469 barangay kagawads and 315 other walk-in applicants who formalized their intention to join the ruling political party.

The four councilors who opted to join the party were:  Lilibeth Nuño, BG Guingona, Boday Cabato and Rudy Lim.

Councilors Mike Alavar, Charlie Mariano and Myra Paz Abubakar opted to remain with the Laban ng Demokratikong PIlipino (LDP.)

Meanwhile, more than two thirds of barangay captains accepted the invitation of First District Congressman Celso Lobregat to join the PDP.

Some of the barangay captains and kagawads have transferred allegiance from being staunch supporters of Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco- Salazar during the 2016 elections to Lobregat’s partymates at the PDP.

Lobregat expressed surprise on the turn out of supporters who he described as “overwhelming and has exceeded their expectations.”

The number of applicants who have attended the PDP seminar reached a total of 850, excluding walk-in applicants.

Congressman Celso Lobregat expressed his gratitude to the barangay officials who took their oath despite their apprehension.

“I wasn’t expecting this overwhelming turn-out and response from the elected barangay officials.  Many of them were apprehensive to join the ruling administration party but i was surprised by their presence,” Lobregat said.

For his part, PDP Secretary General and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez urged Lobregat and incumbent PDP Party Chairman Atty Melchor Sadain to organize a strong and solid political party in preparation for the conduct of their national convention scheduled anytime this year.

Alvarez also congratulated Lobregat and the organizers of the first mass oath-taking of barangay officials in the Western Mindanao region which will now serve as a template for other provinces and cities in the country. (Dexter Yap)