IN PHOTOS: Ruling PDP-Laban celebrates 36th anniversary

MANILA, Philippines – The ruling PDP-Laban celebrated its 36th anniversary at a posh Makati hotel on Tuesday, February 27.

According to photo releases from the House of Representatives, the event was led by party president Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, party secretary-general House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, and party vice chairman Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi.

Guests of honor included Dr. Sheng Chuanliang, Communist Party of China (CPC) Vice Minister Giu Yeshou, and Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua.

RULING PARTY. PDP vice chair Alfonso Cusi, PDP Sec. Gen. Pantaleon Alvarez, PDP Pres. Koko Pimentel, Sen. Manny Pacquiao, Usec. Astravel Naik, Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II and Atty. Raul Lambino flash the PDP fist sign after swearing in of Pacquiao as PDP regional president for Region 12. Photo courtesy of House of Representatives Media Bureau

RULING PARTY. PDP vice chair Alfonso Cusi, PDP Sec. Gen. Pantaleon Alvarez, PDP Pres. Koko Pimentel, Sen. Manny Pacquiao, Usec. Astravel Naik, Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II and Atty. Raul Lambino flash the PDP fist sign after swearing in of Pacquiao as PDP regional president for Region 12.

Photo courtesy of House of Representatives Media Bureau

“The PDP party will also feature the launch of the book of China's President Xi Jinping: ‘The governance of China,’” according to a release from the House media bureau.

Mr. Sheng, according to the same release, gave party members and guest a “briefing on the life and thoughts of Chinese President Xi Jinping.”

Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives
LESSONS FROM CHINA? Dr. Sheng Chuanliang gives PDP a briefing on the life and thoughts of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo courtesy of House of Representatives Media Bureau

LESSONS FROM CHINA? Dr. Sheng Chuanliang gives PDP a briefing on the life and thoughts of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Photo courtesy of House of Representatives Media Bureau

Alvarez said PDP-Laban could learn from the CPC, the sole governing body of China. He noted that the CPC “managed to lift 10M people out from poverty annually.”

Pimentel, meanwhile, emphasized the push for federalism because it is “an idea whose time has come.”

ALLIES. PDP President Koko Pimentel swears in Senator Manny Pacquiao as PDP regional president for Region 12, witnessed by PDP Secretary General Pantaleon Alvarez. Photo courtesy of House of Representatives Media Bureau

ALLIES. PDP President Koko Pimentel swears in Senator Manny Pacquiao as PDP regional president for Region 12, witnessed by PDP Secretary General Pantaleon Alvarez.

Photo courtesy of House of Representatives Media Bureau

The House is dominated by a supermajority led by Alvarez and PDP-Laban. The Senate majority is likewise allied with the ruling party. – Rappler.com