Atienza joins Buhay party-list

Posted at 09/08/2012 10:56 PM | Updated as of 09/09/2012 4:33 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza is now the standard bearer of Bro. Mike Velarde's Buhay party-list.

Buhay party-list Rep. Erwin Tieng said they have invited the former mayor and environment secretary to join their party.

Tieng said they have decided to get Atienza because of his vocal pro-life stand and opposition against the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill.

During his acceptance speech, Atienza took a swipe at incumbent Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim.

"Nahuli na si Lolong pero ‘yung Lolong sa Maynila hindi pa," he said.

Atienza also hit Lim over cases of summary executions in Manila.

He said everyone, even criminals, should be given due process.