Former President Gloria Arroyo joins Duterte's PDP-Laban

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 11) — Former President and Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Wednesday jumped ship and joined President Rodrigo Duterte's political party.

Arroyo left the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) and transferred to the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

"My joining the PDP-Laban is to consolidate support for the President. It is a matter of course as we have been talking about this for quite sometime," Arroyo said in a statement.

Arroyo is serving her final term as representative of the second district of Pampanga.

Bohol Rep. Arthur Yap, who came from the Nationalist People's Coalition joined Arroyo at the oathtaking.

The two took their oaths before House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

Arroyo expressed support for Duterte on a number of occasions, most notably after she backed the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

READ: Arroyo: Trust Duterte on martial law declaration

She was also appointed Deputy House Speaker, but was removed from her post with 11 others after voting against the death penalty bill.

READ: House leaders remove Arroyo, 11 reps from posts

PDP-Laban now holds 124 of the 294 seats at the House of Representatives.