From LP to PDP-Laban country: Iloilo is now Duterte’s bailiwick


Iloilo is now one of the bailiwicks of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said: “Yes, the President now considers Iloilo and the rest of Ilonggo speaking areas as his bailiwick. As in fact, all surveys would indicate he is now the overwhelming leader of the entire Philippines.”.

Iloilo used to be the stomping ground of the Liberal Party for the past years.

But in the past few months, thousands of local officials here joined the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

Last August 2017, 3,000 elected officials in Iloilo City took their oath with PDP-Laban at Iloilo Convention Center in Mandurriao district.

Last September 2017, 4,000 local officials in the 1st district of Iloilo province also joined the party.

Recently, Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. was among the 4,000 officials from the 3rd district of Iloilo who took oath with the party. He was joined by his sons, 3rd district Rep. Arthur Defensor Sr. and Board Member Lorenz Defensor.

PDP-Laban secretary-general and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez administered all of the said series of oath-taking of the local officials here.

In a previous interview with Alvarez, he expressed hope to unify Iloilo politicians under the ruling party before the end of the year.(PNA)