Sec. Robredo leads in oath-taking of Leyte 4th district officials to LP
PALO, Leyte – Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo lead in the oath-taking yesterday of several mayors and to include barangay leaders in the fourth district in Leyte to the folds of the Liberal Party.
And Sec. Robredo did not minced words in saying that the goal of the party is not only to win in next year’s elections but most especially in 2016 presidential elections.
The officials coming from the fourth district of Leyte, particularly from the towns of Palompon, Merida, Isabel and Albuera, were led by their congressional representative, Lucy Torres Gomez.
Also present during the mass oath taking yesterday were Leyte Governor Jericho “Icot” Petilla, the provincial chairman of the Liberal Party, Vice Gov. Mimiette Bagulaya and Palo town Mayor Remedios “Matin” Petilla.
Robredo said that he was glad that the numbers of the ruling political party is steadily growing as the country is set to conduct mid-term elections next year.
The Secretary called on the new recruits of the party not only to uphold the ideals and aspirations of the party but to ensure that it would remain as the most dominant political party in the country.
“Let us not just prepare for the 2013 elections. Let us focus for the 2016 presidential elections,” Robredo said.
Among those who formally joined the Liberal Party were Mayors Saturnino Medina of Isabel; Sixto de la Victoria of Albuera; Michael Torrevillas of Matag-ob and Vice Mayor Myra Georgina Arevalo of Palompon, representing its mayor.
Also present was Petilla’s younger brother, Dominic, who was repeatedly acknowledged as the “incoming” governor of the province. Dominic has publicly announced his intention to run for governor with his brother, Jericho (Icot), to step down after nine years in office.
At least 82 barangay leaders from the said district also took their oaths as members of the Liberal Party.
Robredo explained that while in theory, barangay leaders are supposed to be non-partisan, in actual practice, they too engages partisan politics reason why they too were included during yesterday’s mass oath-taking.
The DILG Secretary also said that while they are in expansion mode in so far as new members are concerned, the party is not raiding those coming from other political parties.
Gov. Petilla said that there are now 34 mayors in the province who are now affiliated with the ruling party.
And the current number of mayors who now belong to the party, the governor said, is more than enough for them to ensure that the Liberal Party would continue its dominance in the province and guarantees party’s victory in 2013 elections.
(JOEY A. GABIETA)
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