Pulong: I’m still up for adoption

Paolo “Pulong” Duterte

DEPUTY Speaker and Davao City Rep. Paolo Duterte yesterday said he is open to being adopted by other political parties after his adoption by the National Unity Party (NUP).

“I am honored to have been adopted by the National Unity Party, one of the biggest political organizations in the country. To all other political groups out there, I am still up for adoption!” bared Duterte, eldest child of President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte.

As deputy speaker for political affairs, Paolo said his “main task is to unify all members of Congress.”

“I am new to this national political arena, yet many of my colleagues want me to join their respective political groups,” said Duterte, a former vice mayor of Davao City.

Last Tuesday, at least 14 lawmakers from PDP-Laban joined NUP. However, the young Duterte, president of the local party Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod (HTL), was a no show.

San Jose del Monte City Rep. Rida Robes, one of the 14 lawmakers from PDP-Laban who transferred to NUP, confirmed that her departure was triggered by the disappointment over the committee assignments by their supposed leaders.

“There’s really a waiting time (for committee assignments). You really have to wait before you are given a committee. This is where the rumors that factions exist [in the PDP-Laban],” said Robes.

In a seeming loyalty check, 1Pacman party-list Rep. Mikee Romero, leader of the 54-man Party-list Coalition Foundation, Inc. (PCFI) said their  group has signed a manifesto confirming their membership in the coalition “and not in any other political party, for purposes of determining party affiliation.”

“To stave off any attempts to involve the party-lists in any political realignments in the House of Representatives, the 54 members of the Party-list Coalition Foundation, Inc. have reaffirmed their commitment to remain with the Coalition,” said Romero.

Romero added their group has to “remain a solid bloc to preserve the gains we have reached in the 18th Congress in terms of proportionate representation in the committees and key House positions.”