TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba, a former Liberal Party (LP) stalwart, will take oath as the new chairman of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) on Friday, November 17.
PDP Laban is the ruling political party in the Philippines, with President Rodrigo Duterte as its chairman.
Fernando Cumigad, a former Isabela town mayor and the secretary general of the PDP Laban in Cagayan Valley, said the oathtaking will happen in Mamba’s hometown Tuao.
Cumigad, in his Facebook, posted photos of the party’s meeting a day before the oathtaking.
Present during the meeting are the party’s current Cagayan chair Jojo Lara, Interior undersecretary and the party’s the deputy secretary-general for Luzon Martin Diño, Governor Mamba.
Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III is also expected to attend.
This is not the first time Mamba announced his jumping ship to PDP Laban.
In October 2016, the Cagayan public information office also released a statement saying Governor Mamba is moving to PDP Laban.
The oathtaking, however, is happening more than a year after the said statement.
Mamba was the former regional chairman of the LP. He had campaigned for LP bets Manuel “Mar” Roxas III and Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo during the 2016 general elections.
He was also former LP congressman and former chief of the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office during Benigno Aquino III’s presidency. Northernforum.net