memberships in Leyte’s fifth district
By AHLETTE C. REYES /
Provincial Media Relations Center
September 22, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY –
The Liberal Party widens its membership in the province of Leyte as it
swore in new members in the province’s fifth district with incumbent
local officials and new political hopefuls.
Leyte Governor Carlos
Jericho Petilla, himself a new member of the Liberal Party,
administered the oath taking of new members from the eight towns and
one city in the fifth district in a simple oath taking ceremony in
Abuyog Mayor Octavio Traya,
Bato Mayor Nathaniel Gertos, Hindang Mayor Elpidio Cabal, Jr.,
Inopacan Mayor Silvestre Lumarda, Javier Mayor Sandy Javier, Matalom
Mayor Eric Pajulio and Baybay City Mayor Carmen Cari were among the
local chief executives who took their formal oath as new members of
Mahaplag town, whose
incumbent Mayor Ronaldo Lleve is now on its third term, took his wife
Daisy to be LP’s new member and the party’s standard bearer for the
mayoralty post of the town.
The town of Hilongos,
meanwhile, swore in another member to be its official candidate under
the LP ticket.
The recruitment of LP
members will continue and that the mayors who took their oaths will be
the LP’s official candidates in their respective towns and cities in
the coming 2013 elections.
Vice-mayors and councilors
also took their oath as new members.
The Liberal Party has
continuously conducted ‘Basic Orientation Seminar on Liberal
Democracy’ for new members and the mass oath-taking is part of the
party’s goal to rebuild the LP and make it the most dominant political
party in the country.
New members are required to
attend a basic orientation on the party ideology before they could
become full members as new Liberals.
Gov. Petilla urged new
members to believe in and support the cause of the party. The party’s
battlecry is “Sa daang matuwid, asenso’y walang patid”.
The governor also added that
the continuation of the reform agenda is also one of the important
reason why the LP is strengthening itself from the ground up.
The second oldest political
party, LP has a long lineage of icons in Philippine politics. Among
them are Senate President Jovito Salonga and the late Senator Benigno
"Ninoy" Aquino Jr and Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.
LP also produced 4
presidents: Manuel Roxas (1946), Elpidio Quirino (1949), Diosdado
Macapagal (1961), and Benigno Aquino III (2010).