PDP-LABAN wants to unite Iloilo politikos: Pinasok na lungga ng LP


Where it has so far failed to do on Charter change, will the ruling PDP-Laban party succeed in Iloilo?

The party is seeking to unite the political scene in Iloilo by assimilating more of the province’s political figures.

“Para po doon sa mga mayors natin na di pa naka-pagdesisyon na sumama sa partido, I am inviting you to join the party, the party of the president,” House Speaker and PDP-Laban secretary-general Pantaleon Alvarez said (

He added their respective congressmen are “most likely to shift party.”

“Yun po siguro mga congressmen ninyo palagay ko malapit na rin. Kasi yung isa nagpaalam na sa akin mag-oath kaya lang pinigilan nung partido. Pero tingin ko naman di na rin magtatagal so inaanyayahan ko kayo kasama na rin ang inyong congressmen,” he said.

Alvarez is now leading the House efforts to amend the Constitution via constituent assembly but could not quite get support from the Senate led by his party-mate Aquilino Pimentel III.

The Speaker attended the mass oath-taking of more than 5,000 officials in the third congressional district Thursday, particularly invited the mayors from the 2nd and 5th districts to jump to PDP-Laban.

Provincial governor Arthur Defensor Sr. led the oath-taking at the Pototan Astrodome, and sees them going through all districts before yearend.

Defensor said he is hopeful other district and municipal officials will move to PDP-Laban this year.

While political leaders in the first district led by PDP-Laban Iloilo provincial chairman Rep. Oscar Garin Jr. took their oath in September 2017, those in the second, fourth and fifth districts have yet to join PDP-Laban.

Most mayors in the first, second and fifth districts have attended the basic seminars on membership and federalism before the swearing in.

On the other hand, 2nd district Rep. Arcadio Gorriceta remains with Liberal Party while Rep. Ferjenel Biron of the 4th district and Rep. Raul Tupas of the 5th district are with PDP-Laban ally Nacionalista Party.

Taking their oaths as new party members aside from Defensor were:
– 3rd district Rep. Arthur “Toto” Defensor Jr.
– Board Member Lorenz Defensor
– mayors Ronilo Caspe of Cabatuan, Mariano Malones of Maasin, Alex Centena of Calinog, Jojo de Paula of Janiuay, Jason Gonzales of Lambunao, Serafin Villa Jr. of Badiangan, Rey Grabato of Mina, Tomas Peñaflorida of Pototan, and Mark Palabrica of Bingawan
– vice mayors, councilors, barangay captains and barangay kagawads in their districts