By Helen Castaño | 07:52 PM March 19, 2022
Municipal coordinators and local officials from different towns in Bohol took their oath as members of Liberty Party (LP) on Saturday, March 19.
Former Cebu Ports Authority Commissioner and LP Visayas director Marino Fernan led the oath-taking ceremony at the Bohol Tropics in Tagbilaran City.
Present at the oath-taking ceremony were the party’s lead organizers Kid Cañeda
and Noel Medina.
Cañeda said LP-Bohol chapter was reactivated to support the presidential bid of Vice President Leni Robredo and her running-mate Kiko Pangilinan.
Robredo is the party’s chairperson, while Pangilinan is the president.
“We are revitalizing, expanding and strenthening,” said Cañeda.
LP still maintains that even in the 2022 national elections, the strength of a party comes from the people who are part of it and not with politicians fielded for the polls.
After 2016, some LP members jumped to another party.
The membership within LP dwindled as such, the party decided to open memberships to ordinary citizens, for civil society groups, advocacy groups, and open the membership to interest groups.
Founded on January 19, 1946, LP remains the second-oldest active political party in the Philippines after the Nacionalistas, and the oldest continually-active party. The Liberals served as the governing party of four Philippine presidents: Manuel Roxas, Elpidio Quirino, Diosdado Macapagal, and Benigno Aquino III.
Medina said the party would continue with its commitment to upholding democratic values. According to its values charter, the self-described values of the party are “freedom, justice and solidarity (bayanihan).