Pulong opens door to party adoption for the sake of national unity

After his adoption by the National Unity Party, Davao City first district Representative Paolo Z. Duterte declared on Wednesday he is open to similar adoption by other political parties.

He said he will do it to unify all Members of Congress.

“As the House Deputy Speaker for Political Affairs, my main task is to unify all members of Congress towards a common goal — that is to improve the lives of the Filipino people,” said the presidential son who is on his first term in the Lower House. 

Rep. Duterte explained his willingness to join other political groups came after several colleagues invited him over to their party.

For that, he said he is truly thankful.

“I am new to this national political arena, yet many of my colleagues wanted me to join their respective political groups,” Duterte said. “I am honored to have been adopted by the National Unity Party, one of the biggest political organizations in the country.”

With Paolo in the NUP fold, the party also bolstered its ranks.

The National Unity Party (NUP) confirmed on Wednesday that it has adopted President Rodrigo Duterte’s son. NUP was formed by a breakaway group from the Lakas Kampi CMD and is also part of the PDP-Laban-led coalition in the House.

But the NUP adoption may not be the last. Rep. Duterte said he can still join other parties.

Aside from being an adopted NUP member, President Rodrigo Duterte’s son also leads the local party Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod.

“To all other political groups out there, I am still up for adoption!,” the lawmaker said in a statement. “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.” 

Rep. Duterte, who earlier sacrificed his bid for the Speakership to give way to the end of a stalemate among fellow aspirants Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano and Rep. Lord Alan Velasco, said he will continue to pursue unity in the House. “In unity there is strength. 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.