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CNN Philippines : Sara Duterte's Lakas-CMD adopts Bongbong Marcos as 2022 presidential bet

News & Interviews
24 November 2021

By CNN Philippines

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 24)— The Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) has officially adopted Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. as its presidential bet — formalizing his tandem with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte for the 2022 polls.

In a statement on Wednesday, Lakas-CMD said it passed separate resolutions: one confirming the nomination of its chairperson Duterte as its vice presidential candidate, and another endorsing Marcos as her running mate for next year's elections.

The party said Duterte was given the power to choose her partner.

Marcos — the standard bearer of Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) — first announced last week that he would be teaming up with Duterte for the 2022 polls. The PFP also earlier endorsed the presidential daughter for the vice presidency.

Marcos' camp has yet to release a statement, but Duterte said the former senator extended his "profound gratitude" to Lakas-CMD.

"He's willing to work with LAKAS-CMD and [h]e is profoundly grateful for this opportunity given to him," Duterte said.

Meanwhile, Lakas-CMD also adopted a resolution allowing its president, House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, to forge alliances with other political parties.

"Hopefully we will be able to invite more parties in the coming days," Duterte said.

Duterte joined Lakas-CMD earlier this month and later filed her candidacy as its substitute vice presidential candidate. The Davao City mayor currently chairs both Lakas-CMD and regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago.