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One News : Lakas Officially Adopts Marcos As Presidential Candidate

News & Interviews
25 November 2021

By Edu Punay | One News

In a resolution approved by its executive committee, the party now chaired by vice presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio declared former senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. as its official presidential bet.

The Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats has officially adopted former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. as its presidential candidate.

In a resolution approved by its executive committee on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 24, the party now chaired by vice presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio declared Marcos as its official presidential bet.

“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,” read Resolution No. 10-2021.

The party also approved Resolution No. 09-2021 confirming and affirming the nomination of Duterte-Carpio as its candidate for vice president.

The Lakas-CMD also authorized through its Resolution No. 11 House Majority Leader and Leyte First District Rep. Martin Romualdez, party president, to enter into alliance agreements with other political parties.

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.

The three resolutions were signed by Duterte-Carpio, Lakas-CMD co-chair and Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr., Romualdez and other executive committee members.

Meanwhile, Marcos’ camp said the former senator still looks up to President Duterte despite the latter’s public attacks, which included calling the presidential aspirant a “weak leader” and a “spoiled child.”

“We respect the President and the respect and high esteem of Bongbong Marcos to him doesn’t change,” Marcos’ spokesman Victor Rodriguez said in an interview.

Duterte earlier pointed to Marcos as being behind his daughter Duterte-Carpio’s decision to run for vice president, a decision he admitted he “did not like.”

He also rejected a political alliance with the parties fielding the tandem of Marcos and Dutert-Carpio, a decision which the Lakas-CMD said it respects.

In a statement issued over the weekend, Lakas-CMD took a peaceable tone toward Duterte, stating that the President remains the “top and still the only” senatorial candidate of the party.

It said the President’s rejection of an alliance with Lakas-CMD due to Marcos was no longer a surprise and that the only inconsistency appears to be coming from Sen. Bong Go and the ruling PDP-Laban.

“While both the President and Mayor Sara have been quite clear in their public pronouncements, the only contradiction seems to be coming from Senator Bong Go who belied PDP’s rejection of Lakas’ proposed tandem, contradicting both Mayor Sara and the President’s statements,” Lakas-CMD pointed out.

2 more petitions vs Marcos

Two more petitions filed against Marcos were supposedly raffled off to the second division of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) while no developments have yet been reported on the petition to disqualify him from the presidential race.

Based on reports, the petitions filed by Tiburcio Marcos seeking to cancel Marcos’ certificate of candidacy (COC) and the petition to declare him as a nuisance bet filed by Danilo Lihaylihay are now being handled by Commissioners Socorro Inting and Antonio Kho Jr.

The second division is already handling the first petition to cancel Marcos’ COC filed by civic groups led by Kapatid spokesperson Fides Lim.

But Comelec’s clerk staff, who identified herself as Myla, said the Comelec has yet to raffle off the petitions filed by Marcos and Lihaylihay, saying they are only raffling petitions every Monday.

Another Comelec employee confirmed that the petitions were not yet raffled off. Marcos is facing at least four petitions before the Comelec.

The former acting chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), who is running for a congressional seat, said he is open to working with Marcos if the former senator happens to win the presidency.

The PCGG is the government agency tasked to go after the ill-gotten wealth of the late deposed dictator Ferdinand Marcos, his family and cronies.

Reynold Munsayac, the first nominee of the Act As One Philippines party-list, said he will respect the voice of the people whoever they elect as president.

“This is a political process. This is a political question to be resolved by the people,” Munsayac said in the virtual “Kapihan sa Manila Bay” breakfast forum on Wednesday morning. “We’ll see...We are willing to work with anyone who will get the mandate of the people.”

His party-list is a group of advocates of health and social justice who were mobilized during the pandemic to help hospitals beleaguered by the surge of COVID-19 patients. – With Robertzon Ramirez, Rainier Allan Ronda