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Central Luzon politikos attend dinner with Duterte in Malacanang

Feb 23, 2019 @ 6:09

Several politikos from Central Luzon, ranging from congressmen to mayors, gathered on Thursday night in Malacanang for a dinner with President Rodrigo Duterte.

Photos shared by Nueva Ecija 1st District Representative Estrellita Suansing on her Facebook account showed that House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who represents Pampanga 2nd District in Congress, led the group of politicians in what appears to be a private dinner gathering with the chief executive.

Suansing’s post (timed 6:35 a.m. of Feb. 22, 2019) was captioned, “Dinner meeting of Congressmen, Governors, and Mayors of Region III with President Duterte in Malacanan Palace last night.”

There was no mention of the agenda or the topics discussed.

Other lawmakers present, aside from Suansing, were Bataan 1st District Rep. Geraldine Roman, Bulacan 3rd District Rep. Lorna Silverio, N. Ecija 3rd District Rep. Rosanna Vergara, and Zambales 2nd District Rep. Cheryl Deloso-Montalla, the photos showed.

Facebook posts of other officials also showed that Governors Amor Deloso of Zambales, Cherry Umali of Nueva Ecija, Albert Garcia of Bataan, Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado of Bulacan, and Lilia Pineda of Pampanga were present, along with some vice governors.

Meanwhile, some mayors seen on the post include Jay Vergara of Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, Edgardo Pamintuan of Angeles City, Pampanga, Francis Garcia of Balanga City, and Arsenia Lim of Masinloc, Zambales.

The photos showed Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and senatorial candidate Christopher “Bong” Go, Duterte’s trusted aide, attending the dinner.

The administration’s senatorial bets for the May elections kicked off their campaign in Central Luzon beginning Feb. 12.

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