VIGAN CITY – Political leader and former Liberal Party stalwart Congressman Eric Singson from the second district of Ilocos Sur joined Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago Movement in an event held at the Vigan City Convention Center last September 28, 2018.
In a bid to solidify its ranks, the local Party BILEG with its President Governor Ryan Luis Singson led the oathtaking of Congressman Eric Singson and Congressman Deogracias Victor DV Savellano, two political bigwigs of the province.
BILEG – Ilocos Sur closed ranks with Mayor Sarah after the two parties formally signed an alliance during the said event.
More than a thousand officials and members took their oaths administered by the Davao City mayor.
For his part, Singson said he decided to part ways with his former party two years ago to join President Duterte’s PDP-LABAN.
He said, he joined the President’s party because he believed in the President’s aspirations for a better life for every Filipino and to bring forth change in the country.
Singson defended the practice of leaders switching to other parties. He said that while it is important to maintain membership in the local party BILEG, it is also equally important to be in a coalition party aligned with the national leaders.
He said, joining others political groups is an integral part of the political landscape so that local leaders can ask for help from members of the alliance for the greater development of the province.
Singson clarified that having different party affiliations is not prohibited by law and even the COMELEC allows the practice.
“98 percent of the local party (BILEG) is supported by the governor, 2 congressmen, mayors, barangay official and other leaders of the province,” Singson said.
In cases where there are two fielded candidates vying for the same position in a municipality, Singson said the local party will support both.
“As long as they remain in the group and not jump to the other side of the political fence, then we will still support them,” the Congressman added.
As for the leaders from the towns of Narvacan and Tagudin, who are non-members of the party, he expressed hope that the leaders will push for unity for the greater development of the province.
“No mapanda iti sabali a bakon, then awan ti maaramidtayo. If that’s their decision, then we have to accept,” Singson added.
Singson is an acknowleged political kingpin from the second district.
BILEG (meaning STRENGTH) was formed by former Governor Luis Chavit Singson of Ilocos Sur years ago to form a strong local political party in the province.
Unverified reports say that Mayor Zuriel Zaragosa of Narvacan will challenge incumbent Governor Ryan Luis Singson for the gubernatorial race in the coming 2019 elections. (Omar Anthony T. Aquino)