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Paul Hernandez is new Kabayan party-list solon

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Evangelical pastor Paul Hernandez on Wednesday took his oath as Kabayan party-list group’s newest representative in the House of Representatives.

House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo personally administered the oath of office for Hernandez.

The new solon replaced the late Rep. Ciriaco “Acoy” Calalang who passed away after suffering a stroke last week

Hernandez, the partylist fourth nominee, is a Full Gospel pastor and directorof the FREE Mission Philippines churches. He has been a senior pastor since year 2000.

Kabayan Partylist chairman and Rep. Ron Salo said the Cavite-based Hernandez has first-hand grassroots connections.

“As a missionary pastor, he is intimately aware of sacrifice and all that it entails. It is that quality which is his direct line to the sentiments of the marginalized and disadvantaged,” said Salo.