(UPDATED) Baao, Bula mayors join LP

CUBAO, QUEZON CITY—Two town mayors from the Rinconada area in Camarines Sur have joined the Liberal Party (LP) at ten o’clock this morning during the oathtaking ceremony held at the LP Balai headquarters in this city.
Mayor Melquiades Gaite of Baao and Mayor Rolando Canet of Bula
LEFT: Mayor Mel Gaite of Baao, RIGHT: Mayor Rolando Canet of Bula
Photos from Gaite's and Canet's Facebook accounts
The LP converts were headed by Mayor Melquiades Gaite of Baao and Mayor Rolando Canet of Bula.

Both town mayors were elected under the political banner of Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC).

Apart from Gaite and Canet, Vice Mayors Cherry Sapugay of Baao, Moises Soreta of Bula and Jimmy Villareal of Balatan have also taken their oaths as new members of the LP.

Meanwhile, six municipal councilors from Baao, and five from Bula have also affiliated with the majority party.

The Baao group includes councilors Farah Besinio, Patet Dato, JV Fajardo, Mike Bolalin, Jason Bustilla, and Liga ng mga Barangay President Benjamin Blanquera.

Meanwhile, the group from Bula is composed of councilors Glen Genio, Maria Katrina Malanyaon, Edna Mora, Sergio Hombre and Claro Balleber.

Senate President Franklin Drilon, the National Vice Chair of the LP administered the oath of office during the ceremony.

Meanwhile, Senate President Franklin Drilon, Representative and LP Secretary General Mel Sarmiento, Representatives Leni Robredo and Salvio Fortuno of the of the 3rd district and 5th district of Camarines Sur were the witnesses during the affiliation.

With these developments, the towns of Camarines Sur that are headed by a Liberal Party executive are Pili, Ragay, Lupi, Sipocot, Cabusao, San Jose, Baao, Bula, and the cities of Naga and Iriga.

Lately, however, there are reports that Mayor Ricky Aquino of Ragay has already abandoned the LP and had joined the group of Governor Miguel Villafuerte, who is a member of the Nacionalista Party.—EGV/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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