Lakas-Kampi lawmakers jump to LP, to take oath on Friday

June 23, 2010 10:21 pm 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, June 23 — As the 15th Congress is set to open next month and with President-elect Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III belonging to the Liberal Party (LP), some 30 to 40 congressmen mostly from the Lakas-Kampi-CMD Party of outgoing President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo are set to take their oath on Friday in Quezon City to the LP.

This was confirmed on Wednesday by Quezon Rep. Lorenzon "Erin" Tanada III, who is also LP spokesman, during the ocular inspection of the Oversight Committee of the House of Representatives at the Maynilad's water treatment plant in Pototan, Muntinlupa.

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao is reportedly one of the congressmen who would swear in on Friday afternoon but this could not be independently confirmed as of this writing.

"These congressmen have undergone the process. They have to acknowledge too that there is a process within the party, and initially, no one is objecting to the membership of these congressmen," said Tanada in a chance interview.

With the new members, he said, the LP numbers at the House of Representatives will now increase to 85, which will be a big boost to the Speakership bid of Congressman-elect and Quezon City Mayor Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte Jr.

"That would be our number, and based on congressman-elect Belmonte's position, he's comfortable with that number," he said.

"But it does not mean we will stop there, as I've said, a lot of applicants are being processed," he added.

The Lakas-Kampi-CMD earlier said it would field Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman for the Speakership of the House.

Tanada said that with more lawmakers expected to transfer or forge allegiance with the LP, they expect that this will become the dominant political party at the Lower House.

Meanwhile, Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez admitted that it would be impossible now for the Lakas-Kampi-CMD to get the House Speakership in the 15th Congress due to the successful alliance between the LP, Nacionalista Party (NP), and the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC).

He also said that around 50 members of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD might transfer to another political party after President Arroyo, who was elected as congresswoman in Pampanga, turned down the offer of her partymates to run as House Speaker. (PNA)



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