Benitez confirms creation of new political party

Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Benitez leads a new political party in the country. (Merlinda Pedrosa photo)
Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Benitez leads a new political party in the country. (Merlinda Pedrosa photo)

BACOLOD City Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez confirmed Monday, May 22, the creation of the Kilusan ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino (KNP) political party in the country.

Benitez, who was designated as president of the party, said the KNP was formed after it was agreed by a certain group of elected officials, mostly from the Congress, to put up a new political party embracing the ideology of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s administration, and campaign based on unity.

“So, we heeded that call and decided to create a new party,” he added.

The mayor, who travelled to Manila Sunday night, May 21, for the hearing in the Commission of Elections (Comelec), admitted that he was one of the key organizers of the party.

Based on a report, the officers of the KNP includes Benitez as the president; vice president for Luzon-Pangasinan 6th District Representative Marlyn Primicias-Agabas; vice president for Visayas- Leyte 4th District Representative Richard Gomez; vice president for Mindanao-Zamboanga del Sur 1st District Representative Divina Grace Yu; vice president for National Capital Region-Mandaluyong Mayor Benjamin Abalos Sr.;

Secretary general- Cagayan de Oro 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez; deputy secretary general for Luzon- Nueva Ecija 3rd District Representative Ria Vergara; deputy secretary general for NCR-Manila 1st District Representative Manuel Luis Lopez; deputy secretary general for Visayas-Siquijor Representative Zaldy Villa; deputy secretary general for Mindanao-Shirlyn Banas, defeated mayoral candidate of General Santos in 2022 elections; treasurer- San Jose Del Monte; and auditor-Negros Occidental 3rd District Representative Kiko Benitez.

“As of now, it’s a movement, it was designed to bring unity to everybody. It’s very timely because we should be united in servicing our country,” Benitez said.

He said there’s already initial officers who were appointed by the party members then, there will be an election.

He added in Negros Occidental, some politicians already expressed its interest to join party, but they still need to finish first the process in terms of its accreditation in the Comelec.

Once their party will be accredited, Benitez disclosed that they will visit the office of President Marcos.*


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