MANILA, Philippines — Two more lawmakers have joined the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD), bringing the party’s total membership in the House of Representatives to 66.
Speaker Martin G. Romualdez, Lakas-CMD party president, administered Monday afternoon the oath to Eastern Samar Rep. Maria Fe R. Abunda and Calamba City Rep. Charisse Anne C. Hernandez-Alcantara during a simple ceremony at the Social Hall of the Speaker’s Office in the House of Representatives.
The oath-taking was witnessed by senior Deputy Speaker and former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President Emeritus of Lakas-CMD.
Romualdez also administered the oath to Taft Mayor Gina Ty and former Guiuan Mayor Christopher Sheen P. Gonzales, both from Eastern Samar province, as Lakas-CMD members.
“We are happy that two more colleagues of ours in the House have chosen to join us in Lakas-CMD,” Romualdez said.
“We look forward to having a fruitful and pleasant bonding and interaction with them and the rest of our members.”
With 66 congressmen and congresswomen affiliated with it, Lakas-CMD is now the largest political group in the House of Representatives this 19th Congress.
The affiliation of Representatives Abunda and Hernandez-Alcantara followed last month’s membership in the party of Representatives Isidro Ungab and Vincent Garcia of the third and second districts of Davao City, respectively; Alan Dujali of Davao del Norte’s second district, and Josefina Tallado of Camarines Norte’s first district.
Lakas-CMD, an administration party, campaigned hard for President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Vice President Sara Duterte, the party’s chairperson.