Gloria Arroyo jumps ship to PDP-Laban
Former President and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo had made her move to PDP-Laban, President Rodrigo Duterte’s political party.
“My joining the PDP-Laban is to consolidate support for the President,” Arroyo said in a statement. “It is a matter of course as we have been talking about this for quite sometime.”
Arroyo served as deputy speaker for Central Luzon until March 2017, but was removed from the post when she opposed the death penalty bill.
Two of her former Cabinet members, ex-Agriculture Secretary and now Bohol Rep. Arthur Yap and former Agrarian Reform secretary and now mayor of Masiu in Lanao del Sur province Nasser Pangandaman, were also recruited to the party.
Arroyo belonged to the Lakas-Christian-Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) for 20 years. Yap transferred from the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), while Romualdo was a Liberal Party member who then jumped to Lakas-CMD before joining PDP-Laban.
Arroyo, Yap and Pangandaman took their on Wednesday inside the Speaker’s Hall at the House of Representatives.
Cagayan Economic Zone Authority administrator and former Arroyo legal counsel Raul Lambino and Camiguin Rep. Xavier Jesus Romualdo also took their oath as members of administration’s party.
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