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Defensor: Joining PDP-Laban could be dealbreaker with Iloilo politikos

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A jump ship to the ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) could break Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr.’s agreement wit Iloilo solons for 2019 midterm elections.

In a report of The Daily Guardian, Defensor said that he agreed with Reps. Arcadio Gorriceta (2nd district), Arthur Defensor Jr. (3rd district), Ferjenel Biron (4th district), and Raul Tupas (5th district) to support a common candidate to replace him as governor.

Defensor, a stalwart of the Liberal Party, is serving his last term as Iloilo governor. He said that their candidate could either be Rep. Biron and his son, Arthur Defensor Jr.

Defensor explained that once he joined PDP-Laban, it will be party who will decide on who to field for the gubernatorial post and he would have no other choice but to follow it.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez was recently in Iloilo, a known bailiwick of losing presidential LP bet Manuel Roxas, to swear in new PDP-Laban members. Alvarez is the secretary-general of the PDP-Laban.

During the mass oath-taking, Alvarez personally invited Defensor to join PDP-Laban.

Defensor said that he’s open on the possibility of joining the PDP-Laban, although he has yet to make a final decision.

“We are willing to sacrifice our political interest for the greater and higher interest of our people. That is the most important,” The Daily Guardian quoted Defensor.