Castro bolts NUP, rejoins Lakas-CMD

Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro yesterday described as a homecoming his decision to rejoin the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats party.

The former president of the National Unity Party took an oath as a member of the Lakas-CMD party last Wednesday, along with neophyte Rizal Rep. Fidel Nograles who graduated from Harvard Law School in 2016.

“It feels good to be back home. I used to be the Lakas-CMD party chair in the whole province of Capiz and I was also appointed as district chairman concurrently. It is a homecoming because I have returned to Lakas, my orginal party,” Castro said.

House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, president of the Lakas-CMD, administered the party oath to Castro and Nograles, a nephew of the late House Speaker Prospero “Boy” Nograles Jr.

Castro, House Majority Leader during the previous 17th Congress, said he stepped down as president and left NUP out of “pure and simple delicadeza” following his open support to the speakership bid of Romualdez.

Witnessing the oath-taking ceremony were House Deputy Speaker Prospero “Butch” Pichay of Surigao del Sur, House Deputy Majority Leader Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo, Lapu-Lapu City Rep. Paz Radaza, Misamis Oriental Rep. Christian Unabia, and Quezon Rep. Aleta Suarez.

Castro said there is no reason for him to remain as the NUP president and a party member after he openly expressed his support to the speakership bid of Romualdez who was not the NUP leadership’s choice in the hotly contested race. (Charissa L. Atienza)

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