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Negros 50 jumps ship: Marañon-led NIR group joins PDP-Laban

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A group led by a key ally of former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II in Negros Island Region has formally signified their intention to align themselves with President Rodrigo Duterte and join his political party.

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., together with 49 of his allies in the United Negros Alliance (Unega) submitted their applications to Yves Akol, secretary-general of PDP-Laban in Negros Island Region (NIR) before the scheduled deadline. They will join other new members who will be sworn into the party on September 17.

Duterte, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez will induct the new party members in Bacolod City.

Marañon, who used to be the provincial chairman of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), decided to become part of PDP-Laban to ensure that Negros Island Region will not be “left out and amply supported” by the 2017 national appropriations.

During the past two elections, Marañon has solidified his political stranglehold of the region as chairman of Unega.He ran unopposed for his third and final term.