KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews)–House Speaker and Partido De-mokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) Secretary-General Panta-leon Alvarez warned on Friday of rampant illegal recruitment activities for membership into their party in exchange for money.
Alvarez, who led a mass oath-taking here of around 3,000 new party members, said they have received reports that some individuals claiming to be PDP-Laban recruiters have been visiting sitios and barangays to enlist new members.
He said the “illegal recruiters” were adminis-tering oaths and issuing supposed party identifica-tion cards for undisclosed fees.
The recruits were pro-mised of appointment as barangay officials, he said.
The official admitted that some of these re-cruiters were legitimate PDP-Laban members.
“They were recruiting members without the knowledge of the party leadership. They don’t report how much they charge and earn from these,” he said during the oath-taking ceremony at the South Cotabato Gym-nasium and Cultural Center.
Owing to this, Alvarez said the party membership nationwide is currently undergoing reorganization.
He said their leader-ship decided to implement disciplinary actions on their members who were behind the illegal recruitment schemes.
To address the prob-lem, he said they issued a memorandum that only authorized top leaders of the party to administer the oaths of new members. Aside from Alvarez, these are the PDP-Laban presi-dent, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III; and vice president, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi.
Alvarez said that those who took their oaths with-out the presence of the party’s top three leaders are fake members.
He urged their new members, who underwent basic membership orienta-tion and seminar before taking their oaths, to monitor such activities and warn their residents in their respective barangays. MindaNews