A congressman, a provincial governor, his former governor-father, and a provincial board member on Monday became the newest members of the Lakas Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD), which has grown into the largest political party in the country.
Speaker Martin G. Romualdez, who is Lakas-CMD president, administered the oath to Iligan City Lone District Rep. Celso G. Regencia, Aklan Gov. Jose Enrique Miraflores, his father former Gov. Florencio M. Miraflores, and Pampanga Board Member Alyssa Michaela Mercado Gonzales as new party members at the House of Representatives on Monday.
Senior Deputy Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the former President and Lakas-CMD President Emeritus, witnessed the event.
Romualdez said he is happy the four local officials decided to join the party he heads.
“We are looking forward to an enjoyable and productive interaction, engagement and camaraderie with them,” he said.
Regencia is the 67th Lakas-CMD member in the House of Representatives.
Before joining Lakas-CMD, Regencia, Gov. Miraflores and his father were members of PDP-Laban, while Gonzales was affiliated with the local political group Kambilan.
Gonzales topped last year’s election for Sangguniang Panlalawigan members in the province’s third district, which her father, Deputy Speaker Aurelio Gonzales Jr., represents in Congress.
Last month, local officials from Albay took their oath before Romualdez as party members.