Belmonte's daughter, Sotto's son bolt LP for PDP-Laban


Posted at May 11 2017 12:28 AM | Updated as of May 11 2017 12:56 AM


Two more officials on Wednesday left the Liberal Party in favor of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), the political party of President Duterte.

Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte and Councilor Gian Sotto formally took their oath around 7p.m. before Senate President Koko Pimentel and Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto.

Belmonte and Sotto said they joined PDP-Laban because they believe in Duterte's war against illegal drugs and anti-corruption drive.

When asked if her father, former speaker Feliciano Belmonte, was consulted before she made the decision, the vice mayor said, "Alam po niya and he is supportive of my decision."

Belmonte did not answer the question directly when asked if her father will follow suit.

"Palagay ko po magre-retiro na sya kasi matanda na rin ang tatay ko eh," the younger Belmonte said.

She confirmed speculations that other Quezon City officials might follow suit saying, "May mga nagpaplano na rin."

The Quezon City councilor, a son of Senator Tito Sotto, has yet to issue a statement on his move to PDP-Laban. 

The senator is a member of the Nationalist People's Coalition.

Senate President Koko Pimentel, PDP-Laban president, said the party now has a total of 129 member-congressmen and a growing number of local official members. - report from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News