Thou­sands ready to switch par­ties, join PDP-La­ban

PDP-La­ban to hold mass oath­tak­ing of new mem­bers at Plaza In­de­pen­den­cia on Fri­day

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Rep. Ger­ald An­thony Gul­las Jr. (Cebu Prov­ince, first dis­trict) and Tubu­ran Mayor Dem­ocrito Dia­mante, head of the League of Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in Cebu, con­firmed in in­ter­views that thou­sands of politi­cians in Cebu are tak­ing oath as mem­bers of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s party on Fri­day. In a sep­a­rate state­ment, the One Cebu Party also said it wel­comes the new al­lies “to the fold of Pres­i­dent Duterte’s coali­tion for gen­uine change.” It pointed out that it was the orig­i­nal part­ner of the Par­tidong Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-La­ban) in Cebu since the 2016 elec­tions. Lo­cal of­fi­cials typ­i­cally be­long to lo­cal par­ties that align them­selves with national par­ties.

The One Cebu Party wel­comes to the fold of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s coali­tion for change the thou­sands of of­fi­cials and lead­ers who will take their oaths as mem­bers of PDP-La­ban on Fri­day.

In a press state­ment, One Cebu said it was the orig­i­nal part­ner of PDP-La­ban in Cebu since the May 2016 elec­tions.

Deputy Speaker Gwen­dolyn Gar­cia and her brother, for­mer con­gress­man Pablo John F. Gar­cia, are the co-founder/pres­i­dent emer­i­tus and sec­re­tary gen­eral of One Cebu, re­spec­tively.

They said that con­sol­i­dat­ing all po­lit­i­cal forces in Cebu is the po­lit­i­cal mas­ter­stroke of Speaker Pan­ta­leon Alvarez and Pres­i­den­tial As­sis­tant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino.

Af­ter the May 2016 elec­tions, those who will take oath as mem­bers of the PDP-La­ban have seen the light and switched their sup­port from their old par­ties and loy­al­ties to the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion and PDP-La­ban, they said.

Rep. Ger­ald An­thony “Sam­sam” Gul­las Jr. (Cebu, 1st dis­trict) con­firmed that he and mem­bers of the Alayon Party will be leav­ing the Na­cional­ista Party to join the ad­min­is­tra­tion party Par­tidong Demokratikong Pilipino (PDP-La­ban).

In an in­ter­view yes­ter­day, Gul­las con­firmed that he and mem­bers of Alayon will be join­ing other of­fi­cials in Cebu in tak­ing their oath as PDP-La­ban mem­bers at the Plaza In­de­pen­den­cia in Cebu City on Fri­day.

May­ors of the cities of Tal­isay, Naga and Car­car and the towns of Minglanilla, San Fer­nando and Si­bonga are Alayon Party mem­bers.

Gul­las said he has al­ready

Rep. Ger­ald An­thony “Sam­sam” Gul­las Jr. (Cebu, 1st dis­trict) con­firmed that he and mem­bers of the Alayon Party will be leav­ing the Na­cional­ista Party to join the ad­min­is­tra­tion party Par­tidong Demokratikong Pilipino (PDP-La­ban).

sought per­mis­sion from NP chair­man and for­mer se­na­tor Manny Vil­lar be­fore their de­ci­sion to jump to PDP-La­ban. Gul­las said their de­ci­sion to align them­selves with PDP-La­ban is to en­sure that projects and pro­grams of the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion will be felt by their con­stituents.

But even though they are jump­ing to PDP-La­ban, Gul­las said their sup­port for Cebu Gov. Hi­lario Da­vide III will stay.

Gul­las said that he and Cebu Reps. Red Du­rano (Cebu, 5th dis­trict), Wil­fredo Caminero (Cebu, 2nd dis­trict), Peter Calderon (Cebu, 7th dis­trict) and Jonas Cortes (Cebu, 6th dis­trict) will con­tinue sup­port­ing Da­vide on his third and fi­nal run for gov­er­nor in 2019. But he re­fuses to com­ment on the pos­si­bil­ity that PDP-La­ban might field a can­di­date against Da­vide in 2019.

With this de­vel­op­ment, there are now three dis­tricts in Cebu Prov­ince that are sup­port­ing the national party.

While still with the Na­cional­ista Party, Alayon, which was then un­der the lead­er­ship of Gul­las’ grand­fa­ther, for­mer Cebu rep­re­sen­ta­tive and Tal­isay City Mayor Eduardo Gul­las, co­a­lesced with the Lib­eral Party dur­ing the 2016 national and lo­cal elec­tions.

Mayor Mar­i­ano Blanco of Ronda, Cebu said that he and about 160 town and barangay of­fi­cials will take oath as PDP-La­ban mem­bers. Blanco ac­knowl­edged Dino’s ef­fort to unite Cebu through the PDP-La­ban oath-tak­ing.

Tubu­ran Mayor Dem­ocrito Dia­mante said he will lead about 500 peo­ple from his town to take oath as mem­bers of the PDP-La­ban.

Dia­mante is the pres­i­dent of the League of Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the Philip­pines (LMP) Cebu Chap­ter for two terms al­ready.

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