ILOILO is now considered one of the bailiwicks of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Yes, the President now considers Iloilo and the rest of Ilonggo speaking areas as his bailiwick. As in fact, all surveys would indicate he is now the overwhelming leader of the entire Philippines,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque during the first Malacñang press briefing in Iloilo on January 28.
Iloilo has been reportedly known to be the bailiwick of the Liberal Party for the past years.
But for the past months, thousands of local officials have already joined the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).
Last August 2017, more or less 3,000 elected officials in Iloilo City took their oath with PDP-Laban at Iloilo Convention Center in Mandurriao district.
Last September 2017, more or less 4,000 local officials in the first district of Iloilo province also joined the party.
Just recently, Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. was among the 4,000 officials from the third district who took oath with the party. He was joined by his sons, third district Representative Arthur Defensor Sr. and Board Member Lorenz Defensor.
PDP-Laban secretary-general and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez administered all the oath-takings of the local officials.
In a previous interview with Alvarez, he expressed hope to unify Iloilo politicians under the ruling party before the end of the year.
Roque was in Iloilo City to join the Ilonggos celebrate the 50th year of Dinagyang Festival. (PNA)