Domogan maintains party affiliation

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan has dismissed speculations that he would change political affiliations here.

'I will remain with lakas-CMD because I still adhere to their ideals, programs and platforms,' he stressed.

Domogan was reacting to questions asked by Media during the Weekly Ugnayan Presser, Wednesday on the possibility of him transferring alliances to the administration's Liberal Party (LP).

Domogan said 'even without me changing political parties, I am still supportive of the thrust of the administration for good governance'.

It can be recalled that President Benigno Aquino III administered the Oath of new LP members of the Cordilleras in la Trinidad, Benguet Monday (June 25).

Over 300 new members were sworn-in at the Benguet State University grounds led by Transportation and Communications Secretary and LP President Manuel Roxas and Department of Interior and Local Government Jessie Robredo.

'Although there is really an advantage if you are a party member to the ruling party', Domogan said.

'But I don't want to be branded as a 'political butterfly', as long as I believe in the thrust and direction of the party I am in, I will stay', He added.

Presently, the Philippines enjoy a multi-party system where politicians can change alliances quickly.

Senate Bill No. 3214 or the Political Party Development Act filed by Senators Edgardo Angara, Jingjoy Estrada, Miriam Defensor Santiago and Franklin Drilon which seeks to institutionalize a strong party system in the country but remains pending in the 15th congress.

The measure aims to institutionalize reforms in the financing of electoral campaigns, promote accountability and transparency, provide financial subsidies to political parties, promote party loyalty and discipline, encourage and support continuing voters education and civic literacy programs through political parties. ***paul rillorta

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