CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Third District Representative-elect Aurelio Gonzales Jr. has formally joined the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) of presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte over the weekend.
Gonzales previously ran under the Nationalist People's Coalition and won by 137,786 against rival Liberal Party incumbent Representative Oscar Rodriguez.
The returning congressman, known for landmark legislations like Republic Act 9505, otherwise known as Dong’s Law, which provided for the continued and comprehensive rehabilitation of the town of Bacolor from the devastation it suffered as a result of the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991, and RA 9832 for the conversion of the Don Honorio Ventura School of Arts and Trade into the Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University, had initially expressed his support for the Duterte presidency.
Gonzales had publicly expressed support for Duterte during the last campaign. He told the media that he will undoubtedly work for the administration and support programs that are aimed for the common good of the people.
Gonzales said that many congressmen are also optimistic of the Duterte administration.
“I will personally push for cooperation and support on the reforms to be initiated by the incoming administration,” Gonzales said.
Just last week, PDP-Laban forged an alliance with the Lakas Christian-Muslim Democrats (CMD) of former president and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Outgoing Leyte representative Martin Romualdez, president of Lakas-CMD, led his group in forging a coalition with PDP-Laban officials headed by Alvarez and the party's vice chair Al Cusi.
The signing of the "agreement of support" between the two parties was held at the Makati Diamond Residences in Makati City.
Signing on behalf of PDP-Laban was Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, while the NPC was represented by its chairman emeritus Faustino Dy Jr. and party president House Deputy Speaker Giorgidi Aggabao.
The Nationalist People's Coalition also formed an alliance with PDP-Laban over the weekend. Earlier, the Nacionalista Party of former Senate President Manny Villar forged an alliance with PDP-Laban in Davao City.