ANOTHER member of the Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) bolted the party to join the Lakas-CMD.
House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez yesterday swore in Biliran Rep. Gerardo “Gerryboy” Espina Jr. as the newest member of the Lakas-CMD increasing its number to 30.
The Lakas-CMD in the House is now composed of 15 congressional district and 15 party-list lawmakers.
“We will continue to solidify and strengthen our political influence nationwide,” Romualdez said during a simple ceremony held at the Batasan Pambansa Complex.
Romualdez, the Lakas-CMD president, reiterated the strong commitment of Lakas-CMD to support the passage of President Rodrigo Duterte’s legislative agenda.
“Lakas-CMD remains and will always be a partner of the administration in ensuring the swift passage of President Duterte’s legislative agenda needed to make the life of Filipino people more comfortable,” Romualdez added.
Last December, Southern Leyte Rep. Roger “Oging” Mercado took his oath as Lakas-CMD member.
The other officials and members of the Lakas-CMD in the House of Representatives are Deputy Majority Leader and Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo, Deputy Speaker and Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero “Butch” Pichay Jr., Lanao del Sur Rep. Yasser Balindong, Deputy Majority Leader and Pangasinan Rep. Christopher “Toff” de Venecia, Quezon Rep. Aleta Suarez, Lapu-Lapu City Rep. Paz Radaza, Negros Occidental Rep. Marilou Arroyo, Misamis Oriental Rep. Christian Unabia, former House Majority Leader and Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro, Rizal Rep. Fidel Nograles, Deputy Majority Leader and Zamboanga Sibugay Rep. Wilter “Sharky” Wee Palma II, and Catanduanes Rep. Hector Sanchez.
The 15 party-list lawmakers who are allied with Lakas-CMD include Tingog Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt Romualdez, Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor, Ako Bisaya Rep. Sonny “SL” Lagon, Ako Bicol Rep. Alfredo Garbin, Alona Rep. Ana Marie Villaraza-Suarez, Ako Bicol Rep. Elizalde Co, Ako Padayon Pilipino Rep. Adriano Ebcas, CWS Rep. Romeo Momo, Sr., GP Rep. Jose Gay Padiernos, Philreca Rep. Presyley de Jesus, Recoboda Rep. Godofredo Guya, TGP Rep. Jose Teves, TUCP Rep. Raymond Democrito Mendoza, Magsasaka Rep. Argel Cabatbat, and Deputy Speaker and Sagip Rep. Rodante Marcoleta.
The party-list lawmakers signed the “Declaration of Alliance for Unity and Progress” with the party to further solidify their support to the legislative agenda of President Duterte and Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.