Half of LP congressmen moving to Duterte's PDP-Laban – Alvarez

PDP-LABAN SECRETARY-GENERAL. Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon Alvarez at the signing of the coalition agreement with the Nationalist People's Coalition on May 20, 2016.

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MANILA, Philippines – At least half of the newly-elected Liberal Party (LP) congressmen are reportedly moving to president-elect Rodrigo Duterte's Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon Alvarez, PDP-Laban's bet for Speaker, told reporters on Friday, May 20: "Maraming nagpapahayag na lilipat sa partido from the LP (Many have expressed that they would love to our party from the LP)....No less than 50."

LP has the majority in the House with over 100 members.

Alvarez also said that Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr, an LP stalwart, has expressed his support for the plans and programs of the Duterte administration.

Alvarez said that according to Belmonte, he gave freedom to LP members to join the "majority" in the 17th Congress.

He clarified, however, that Belmonte will still run against him for House Speaker.

Alvarez was interviewed at the sidelines of the signing of a coalition agreement between PDP-Laban and the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC)  at the Diamond Residences in Makati.

PDP-LABAN AND NPC COALITION AGREEMENT. Officials of PDP-Laban and the Nationalist People's Coalition hold up their coalition agreement on May 20, 2016.

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Patty Pasion

Patty leads the Rappler+ membership program. She used to be a Rappler multimedia reporter who covered politics, labor, and development issues of vulnerable sectors.

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