By Antonio Colina IV
DAVAO CITY – Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo “Pulong” Duterte on Wednesday said he is willing to join other political parties other than the National Unity Party (NUP) that took him in recently as its adopted member.
“To all other political groups out there, I am still up for adoption,” the presidential son said in a statement released on Wednesday.
Duterte, a rookie in national politics and appointed House Deputy Speaker for Political Affairs, said many of his colleagues in the Lower House wanted to take him in as an adopted member of their respective political groups.
He added that he is more than willing to accept their invitations if joining them would translate to serving the people.
“If being adopted by most, if not all, political parties is to be of service to the people, then I am more than willing to join all of you,” he said.
The presidential son resigned as vice mayor of Davao in December 2017 after being implicated with his brother-in-law Manases Carpio in the drug smuggling controversy as members of the so-called Davao Group, the group reportedly behind the P6.4-billion shabu shipment from China that arrived via the Manila International Container in Tondo, Manila in May of that same year.
Duterte said his main task as deputy speaker “is to unify all members of Congress” to achieve a common goal of improving the lives of the people, telling House members that there is strength in unity.
“Let us show the Filipino people that we can all be united towards one common goal. This would be a first in Philippine politics, and it happened under the Duterte administration,” he said.