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Manila Standard : Lakas moves to officially adopt Bongbong, Sara as top bets

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24 November 2021

By Maricel Cruz | Manila Standard

The Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) on Wednesday adopted three resolutions, one officially adopting Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. as presidential candidate and another confirming Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio as its vice presidential candidate in the 2022 elections.

During the Lakas-CMD’s Executive Committee (Execom) virtual meeting via Zoom, the party also adopted a resolution authorizing House Majority Leader Rep. Martin G. Romualdez, party president, to enter into alliance agreements with other political parties.

Lakas-CMD Deputy Secretary General and Zamboanga Sibugay Rep. Wilter “Sharky” Wee Palma II read and moved for the adoption of the resolutions during the meeting presided over by Romualdez and attended by Duterte-Carpio, the new party co-chair.

The three resolutions were signed by Duterte, Lakas-CMD co-chairperson, and Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr., Romualdez, and other Execom members.

The party first adopted Resolution 09, Series of 2021, confirming and affirming the nomination of “Inday Sara” as the party’s candidate for vice president.

“Resolved as it is hereby resolved, that Mayor Sara Zimmerman Duterte shall be the official candidate and standard bearer of Lakas-CMD for vice president in the 09 May 22 national and local elections,” the resolution said.

It added the party gave Duterte-Carpio the power to choose her presidential running mate.

The Lakas-CMD then adopted Resolution No. 10, Series of 2021 to formalize the party’s adoption of Marcos, standard-bearer of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP), as its presidential candidate.

The Lakas-CMD pointed out that national unity is very important to propel the country to economic recovery following the continued devastations of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Whereas, as Chairman of Lakas-CMD, Mayor Sara Zimmerman Duterte was given the authority and power to choose her presidential running mate,” the resolution said.

Duterte, Lakas-CMD and Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Chairperson, picked Marcos as her presidential candidate.

“Resolved, as it is hereby resolved, that presidential candidate senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. is hereby unanimously adopted as the candidate for President of Lakas-CMD and running mate of vice-presidential candidate of Lakas-CMD, Mayor Sara Zimmerman Duterte,” the resolution added.

The Lakas-CMD also adopted Resolution No. 11, Series of 2021 allowing Romualdez to forge an alliance with other political parties in preparation for next year’s national elections.

It underscored the importance of building alliances with different political groups to strengthen the party’s political resources and assets aimed at enhancing the winning chances of Lakas-CMD candidates.

“Whereas, the leaders of several political parties, have expressed interest in establishing an alliance with Lakas-CMD for the May 09, 2022 national and local elections,” the resolution reads.

“Resolved as it is hereby resolved that the President, Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez is hereby authorized to set the terms and conditions of the joint undertakings of Lakas-CMD and the preferred political parties toward the victory of their official candidates in the May 09, 2022 national and local elections,” it added.

The resolution said that the alliance agreement to be negotiated by Romualdez on behalf of the party shall be confirmed by the Lakas-CMD’s National Executive Committee.