Press Release
August 14, 2012

More local leaders join Villar's NP

More local government leaders are joining the Nacionalista Party (NP) headed by Sen. Manny Villar.

The latest batch of officials who took their oaths today as members of NP came from Isabela Province namely, Mayor Pedro Flores, Vice Mayor Jose Calderon (Mallig), Mayor Benjamin Sanglay (Benito Soliven), Mayor Edgar Capuchino (Naguilian) and eight incumbent municipal councilors.

"I am glad the NP is attracting leaders who have fresh ideas and whose priority is to free our people from the shackles of poverty. Certainly, they will complement the work of our present crop of members," Villar said.

Villar also expressed confidence the NP will be making a strong showing given the qualifications, track record and competence of candidates the party will be fielding in the next elections.

The local executives took their oaths before Villar and witnessed by NP Senators Pia Cayetano, Alan Peter Cayetano, Ferdinand "Bong-Bong" Marcos Jr. and Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV.

Last week, two-term Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez joined the NP. He was accompanied by wife, Coun. Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez.

"We just see many things in common. For me, going to the Nacionalista Party is a family tradition. But of course, we support whatever program that will be best for the country," Romualdez said when asked why he joined the NP.

"We are happy to welcome new members to the party. Many local leaders who share our vision and believe in our advocacies have expressed interest to join us. They will be taking their oaths in the coming days," Villar said.

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