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Mayor: Brgy officials free to choose political party to join


“We are in a democratic country and they have the freedom to choose whatever party they want to join.”

This was the reply of Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco - Salazar when asked about her opinion that around 700 barangay leaders are joining President Rodrigo Duterte’s PDP-LABAN party.

The mayor said she cannot do anything if the barangay leaders wish to join the PDP-LABAN party of the President, provided it is within the context of the law.

Climaco is a member of the Liberal Party and a staunch supporter of Vice President Leni Robredo, who was earlier said to be behind the impeachment case against President Duterte. Robredo denied the accusation.

No less than House Speaker, Congressman Pantaleon Alvarez is now in the city to personally induct the barangay officials into the party at Astoria Hotel.

Alvarez flew to Zamboanga City yesterday, a day before the oathtaking.

Congressman Celso Lobregat, who earlier joined the PDP-LABAN, welcomed Alvarez.

Alvarez proceeded to the Western Mindanao Command to get the latest update on the military’s fight against terrorism, particularly the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu and Basilan. (Nonong Santiago)

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