THE Liberal Party (LP) has lost a bar topnotcher to the political group of former President-turned-Deputy Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, former House independent bloc leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez said yesterday.
Romualdez, a lawyer and president of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD), said their party formally accepted last Wednesday Camiguin Rep. Xavier Jesus Romualdo, a lawyer from Ateneo Law School and a member of the former ruling party LP.
He recalled that the Romualdo clan, particularly the patriarch and late Camiguin Governor and Congressman Pedro Romualdo, belongs to the Lakas-CMD.
Pedro Romualdo was among Arroyo’s loyal allies during her presidency.
“It’s a welcome development, as we know the late grandfather of Rep. Xavier Jesus Romualdo, Congressman (Pedro) Loloy Romualdo and also his father, (Camiguin) Gov. Jayjay (Romualdo) were once with Lakas. This is also a homecoming and we are very happy because Congressman Romualdo will be a good addition to the party,” Romualdez said, who read the Lakas-CMD oath of membership witnessed by Arroyo, Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero “Butch” Pichay and Leyte Rep. Yedda Kittilstvedt-Romualdez.
Yedda, a vice chairperson of the House Committee on Government Enterprises and Privatization, is the wife of Martin Romualdez, president of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa).
Arroyo, president emeritus of Lakas-CMD, welcomed the entry of Romualdo to the political party.
“I am very happy. Welcome Congressman Romualdo to the Lakas party,” said Mrs. Arroyo in a brief interview following the oathtaking of Romualdo as Lakas-CMD member held at her Batasan office in Quezon City.
Romualdo ranked three in the October 2012 Bar Examinations.
The young Romualdo vowed to promote the country’s interests as Lakas-CMD member and obey the rules and regulations imposed by the party.
“Lakas was the original party of my grandfather. Since Ma’am (Arroyo) is back here at the House of Representatives, it will be good for me to go back to our party,” said Romualdo, son of Camiguin Gov. Jurdin Jesus “Jayjay” Romualdo of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC).
Pedro Romualdo, the grandfather of Xavier Jesus Romualdo, died of pneumonia in April 2014. He was a delegate to the 1971 Constitutional Convention. He served as congressman from 1987 to 1998, and as governor of the province from 1998 to 2007.
Martin Romualdez reiterated their commitment to champion people’s welfare and interests through principled platforms. He said they would be pushing to promote “malasakit” (compassion) in public.
Lakas was the country’s former ruling party during the presidency of Arroyo who is now on her third and last term as Pampanga congresswoman.
Atty. Butch Corpin, a Lakas-CMD executive, said the party has been “instrumental in the country’s development, with its performance to serve the people.”
Corpin said that Lakas-CMD remains “a force to reckon with” and will remain a “positive factor and a positive force.” Ryan Ponce Pacpaco