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3rd district mayors except 1 migrate to LP

The four mayors and their vice mayors taking oath before Rep. Tañada. Mayors Allan Ang (leftmost), Calaw Larrazabal, Doroteo Palconit and Maricor Remandaban (4th to 6th from the left).

SAN ISIDRO – Around 300 political leaders of the 3rd district of Leyte including four mayors and their vice mayors, all formerly LAKAS-CMD-NUCD, migrated to the Liberal Party (LP) and given the oath by Rep. Lorenzo R. Tanada III of the 4th district of Quezon on March 26 at a simple affair held at the spacious resthouse of Cong. Andres “Andy” Salvacion of the 3rd district of Leyte in Brgy. Tinago here.
Also present were Leyte governor Carlos Jericho “Icot” Petilla, his brother Dominic “Mic” Petilla who is running in his stead come 2013, Cong. Salvacion himself and vice-governor Mimyet Bagulaya, an “orig” Liberal Party member who’ve stayed with it through thick and thin.
The mayors who migrated to LP were Allan Ang of San Isidro; Claudio Larrazabal of Villaba; Doroteo Palconit of Calubian and Ma. Corazon Remandaban of Tabango. Only Mayor Noli Ysidoro of Leyte town was conspicuously absent but his municipal councilors and barangay chairmen were reportedly present, said Mayor Allan Ang.
Before taking their oath, the new Liberal Party members underwent a basic orientation seminar on Liberal Democracy and the principles it stands for. Speakers were Raquel Cabudlong-Catindoy who gave an overview of ideologies and principles of Liberalism in the Philippines; Lambert Ramirez, executive director of the National Institute for Policy Studies and LP political officer Oreville Tatco on P-Noy’s Social Contract with the Filipino People. An open forum followed, allowing potential members to ask questions and clarify gray areas.
Vice governor Ma. Mimietta S. Bagulaya delivered the pep talk to the audience, stating how proud she was to have remained loyal to the LP and congratulating its 60 years in existence.
For his part, Governor Petilla said that the decision to migrate to the Liberal Party has been studied thoroughly. He also expressed his admiration to LP’s way of recruiting, taking note of the seminar “that supplies information on the philosophical ideas attributed to the Liberal Party”.
“One must never rush things to just easily transfer to one party to another”, he added.
Congressman Salvacion Jr., on the other hand, thanked those who came and stood united with him in his political moves. He then introduced their induction officer in the person of Rep. Tañada.
He said that Rep. Lorenzo Tañada III is fondly called “Erin” by friends. He represents the third generation of Tañadas in Philippine politics and comes from an illustrious political family being the grandson of the late Sen. Lorenzo Tañada, dubbed the “grand old man of Philippine politics”. The late Senator was known for is fiery speeches, great oratorical and debating skills and his fearless stand against the dictatorship of the late President Ferdinand Marcos.
His son, Erin’s father is former Senator Wigberto Tañada, the senator who led the fight to rid the country of the U.S. military bases in Clark and Subic. Erin is the eldest of four children of Wigberto and Zeny Tañada. He is a graduate of Ateneo De Manila University and a lawyer by profession.
Tañada, for his part, told attendees how important it was to know the history of the LP and the principles it stand for. He also pointed out that most of the Philippine presidents, even Marcos, came from the LP. They are Manuel Roxas, the 5th president of the country and a co-founder of the LP; Elpidio Quirino (6th president), Diosdado Macapagal (9th), Ferdinand Marcos (10th president, an original LP but defected to the rival Nacionalista Party in 1965 after failing to get the nomination; and now, the incumbent Pres. Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III.
“Ang Liberal ay hindi lang nagpapakita pag malapit na ang eleksyon. Ang Liberal ay handa pong magprusisyon sa maseselang isyu. Nais ng partido ang pagbabago sa itsura ng eleksyon at alamin ang  sentimyento ng masa. Ito ang mga prinsipyong nagpatingkad sa partido.” (A Liberal (party member) does not only show up when elections are near. A Liberal is ready to fight for causes and the party wants a change in the electoral process and feel the pulse of the masses. These are a few of the principles that has made the party survive through the years.) By Emma Lago

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