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Duterte pokes fun at Rey Umali’s party switch: If Robredo becomes president, he’s ‘back to happiness’ in LP

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As a veteran politiko, President Rodrigo Duterte is well aware that the ranks of his party, the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) only swelled because he’s in power.

Duterte may have been thinking about the fleeting nature of party loyalty when he teased Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali during his visit to Socorro town in the province Wednesday (March 29) for its People’s Day.

“Eh kung mahulog eh ‘di si Robredo na. Naloko na. Back to happiness si Congressman Umali kay Liberal,” the President quipped.

Vice President Leni Robredo is the Liberal Party’s chair.

Umali used to be with the LP but switched to PDP-Laban after the May 2016 elections.