Photo Release 29 May 2014 Ex-rebel Now Lawmaker

Photo Release

May 29, 2014

EX-REBEL NOW LAWMAKER – Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. (3rd from left)
administers the oath of office to the former commander of communist hit squad Alex
Boncayao Brigade, Hon. Joseph Stephen Paduano, who now represents the partylist
group Abang Lingkod as the 290th member of the House of Representatives. This was
done during a break in plenary sessions last Wednesday, May 28. Hon. Paduano,
shown with his immediate family, was known as Lualhati Carapali in the 1980s, when he
headed the Revolutionary Proletariat Army-Alex Bongcayao Brigade (RPA-ABB), won a
seat in Congress when the Supreme Court last year overturned a ruling of the
Commission on Elections disqualifying Abang Lingkod, citing grave abuse of discretion
by the Comelec in cancelling the registration of the group under the party-list system.
Abang Lingkod garnered more than 260,000 in the 2013 elections which entitled it to a
seat in the House of Representatives. (30) Photo by Tobias Engay, Media Relations

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