By Billy Begas
More than 200 local leaders in Davao del Norte have joined Partido Reporma, the political party of presidential aspirant Sen. Panfilo Lacson.
In a statement, former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said that all the incumbent mayors down to barangay captains and sectoral community organizers in Davao del Norte took their oath as members of Partido Reporma last September 25.
Lacson along with Alvarez, Davao del Norte Gov. Edwin Jubahib and former Rep. Arnel Ty of LPGMA party-list presided over the oath taking.
Lacson’s running mate, Senate President Tito Sotto, chairman of Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) was aso present in the event.
Davao del Norte, which roughly has 600,000 registered voters, was a former stronghold of PDP-Laban.
In 2019, members of the Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP) led by Mayor Sara Duterte fought and lost to PDP-Laban candidates.
Alvarez was then the secretary-general of PDP-Laban. He later revived the Partido Reporma of former Gen. Renato de Villa.