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Find out the top Eastern Visayas politkos who have jumped ship to PDP-Laban

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The regional president of ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) party reminded its growing membership in Eastern Visayas to fully support President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s advocacies.

Marie Marjorie Jaramilla said the mass exodus from old parties to the ruling party is expected among politicians every after election of a new President to ensure “political survival.”

“Let us give chance to everybody. If they are for total change and if they will help the President’s advocacy, why not?” she said in an interview with reporters here Monday.

“We have a screening committee that evaluates their loyalty to the party and support to the President’s advocacy against illegal drugs and corruption,” she added.

The top top politios who have switched to PDP-Laban ahead of next year’s elections are:

* Soutehrn Leyte Rep. Roger Mercado

* Southern Leyte Governor Christopherson Yap

*Former energy secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla

* Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla

* Biliran Governor Gerry Espina

* Biliran Rep. Rogelio Espina.

* Samar Governor Sharee Ann Tan

* Northern Samar Governor Jose Ong

* Eastern Samar Governor Marcelo Ferdinand Picardal.

* All 12 members of the House of Representatives in the region have joined the party except Northern Samar Rep. Raul Daza of Liberal Party

“About 90 percent of incumbent elected officials in the region are now members of PDP-Laban. During the 2016 election, we only had very few party mates and nobody won a seat in the local government,” Jaramilla said.

The region has six governors, seven city mayors, 139 town mayors and more than a thousand provincial and municipal legislators. (PNA)