Martin DEVOTED SON — Speaker Martin G. Romualdez offers flowers for Blessed Virgin Mary during the Holy Mass celebrating the solemnity of Blessed Mama Mary’s assumption at the Thomas More Chapel in the House of Representatives. Photo by VER NOVENO

More join Lakas-CMD

August 15, 2022 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 81 views

Two solons join Lakas, party membership in House now 66

TWO more members of the House of Representatives have joined the Lakas Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD), bringing party’s total membership in the larger chamber of Congress to 66.

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Speaker Martin G. Romualdez (2nd left) administers the oath to Taft Mayor Gina Ty (2nd right) and former Guiuan Mayor Christopher Sheen P. Gonzales (right), both from Eastern Samar, as new party members of the Lakas-CMD at the Social Hall of Speaker’s Office Monday afternoon. Looking on are former President senior Deputy Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (center) and House Majority Leader Manuel Jose “Mannix” M. Dalipe (left). Photo by VER NOVENO

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Eastern Samar Rep. Maria Fe R. Abunda (right) and Calamba City Rep. Charisse Anne C. Hernandez-Alcantara (2nd right) take their oath as new Lakas-CMD members before Speaker Martin G. Romualdez (2nd left) at the Social Hall of Speaker’s Office Monday afternoon. Looking on are former President senior Deputy Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (center) and House Majority Leader Manuel Jose “Mannix” M. Dalipe (left).

Speaker Martin G. Romualdez, Lakas-CMD president, administered the oath to Eastern Samar Rep. Maria Fe R. Abunda and Calamba City Rep. Charisse Anne C. Hernandez-Alcantara during a simple ceremony Monday afternoon at the Social Hall of Speaker’s Office in the House of Representatives.

The oath-taking ceremony was witnessed by senior Deputy Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, a former President and ex-Speaker, who is the President Emeritus of Lakas-CMD.

During the same event, Romualdez also administered the oath to Taft Mayor Gina Ty and former Guiuan Mayor Christopher Sheen P. Gonzales, both from Eastern Samar province, as Lakas-CMD members.

“We are happy that two more colleagues of ours in the House have chosen to join us in Lakas-CMD. We look forward to having a fruitful and pleasant bonding and interaction with them and the rest of our members,” Romualdez said.

With 66 congressmen and congresswomen affiliated with it, Lakas-CMD is now the largest political group in the House of Representatives this 19th Congress.

The affiliation of Representatives Abunda and Hernandez-Alcantara followed last month’s membership in the party of Representatives Isidro Ungab and Vincent Garcia of the third and second districts of Davao City, respectively; Alan Dujali of Davao del Norte’s second district, and Josefina Tallado of Camarines Norte’s first district. Lakas-CMD, an administration party, campaigned hard for President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Vice President Sara Duterte, who is the party’s chairperson.

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