Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday denied that he has joined PDP Laban, the political party of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The governor was reacting to rumors that he was to take oath as member of the PDP Laban yesterday.
“There is no shade of truth to that report (not in the DAILY STAR). Media should be more circumspect in handling unverified reports similar to that,” he said.
“We were in Malacañang Wednesday night to actually take our oaths as newly elected officials of the League of Provinces of the Philippines (League of Governors). I was elected LPP Adviser of Elders,” the governor said.
The governor said he is not joining any political party for now except for the United Negros Alliance, which he chairs.
Yves Akol, PDP Laban Negros secretary general, said Marañon and Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo had a cordial and friendly talk with President Duterte, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Executive Secretary Christopher “Bong” Go in the kitchen of Malacañang Wednesday night.
“There was no oath taking as we have protocols to follow”, Akol said when asked if the governor joined the PDP Laban.
“Hopefully by the end of the month most of the local officials will join PDP Laban,” he added.
Degamo, on the other hand, told the DAILY STAR he joined PDP Laban three months ago.
Marañon and Degamo had supported the presidential bid of Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas in the May polls.
Meanwhile, Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva (Neg. Occ., 2 nd District) said he has not joined PDP Laban. Cueva said was still with the National Unity Party that has a coalition with PDP Laban.*CPG
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