Ex-Duterte ally Alvarez backs Robredo

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Davao Del Norte Representative Pantaleon Alvarez (C) of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) pose for a picture after officiating an oath taking of Mindanao lawmakers as new members of PDP-LABAN, the political party of Philippines' president-elect Rodrigo Duterte, at a hotel in Manila on May 24, 2016.  
Business titans, turncoat politicians, celebrities and rebel leaders are descending on the long-neglected far southern Philippines, hoping to gain favour with the nation's shock new powerbroker. The remote and dusty city of Davao has suddenly become the country's new seat of power after hometown hero Rodrigo Duterte won last week's presidential election in a landslide. / AFP / NOEL CELIS        (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Davao Del Norte Representative Pantaleon Alvarez (C) of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) pose for a picture after officiating an oath taking of Mindanao lawmakers as new members of PDP-LABAN, the political party of Philippines' president-elect Rodrigo Duterte, at a hotel in Manila on May 24, 2016. Business titans, turncoat politicians, celebrities and rebel leaders are descending on the long-neglected far southern Philippines, hoping to gain favour with the nation's shock new powerbroker. The remote and dusty city of Davao has suddenly become the country's new seat of power after hometown hero Rodrigo Duterte won last week's presidential election in a landslide. (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Ousted House of Representatives speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and his party Partido Reporma declared their support for presidential aspirant Leni Robredo, turning back on their original bet Ping Lacson.

Moments prior to this, Lacson announced his resignation from the party.

“We need a leader. And for the 2022 Presidential elections, given all these considerations and the crisis we have to overcome, that leader is a woman,” Alvarez said. “Her name is Leni Robredo.”

As of writing, Leni Robredo is in Davao Region, with two sorties at Digos City, Davao del Sur and Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

Alvarez, the party president, claims that she “represents ideals which are substantially in line with the aims of Partido Reporma: to reform government and provide a better future for Filipinos.”

Partido Reporma saw the necessity to “set aside personal preferences” in their decision to back Robredo.

“With time still left, but admittedly not a lot of it, decisive action is necessary. We must respond to the demands of patriotism requiring us to set aside personal preferences, the end goal being collective victory for good governance, a better future for Filipinos, and a strong and progressive nation,” Alvarez said.

He added, “We respect the choice of our members and officers. They are not Pink, but they are reformists, and they are for Leni Robredo. The fight for good governance and a better tomorrow for our People has never been, and never will be, limited to a single color.”

Last year, Lacson took his oath as chairman of Partido Reporma after being partyless since 2004.

Alvarez said in 2021 that he would “campaign for a real leader”, promising to support Lacson in his bid for presidency.

Robredo before said that while they weren’t gatekeeping Alvarez in becoming part of the opposition, they have to consider values and principles that they share.

Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.

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