Lakas-CMD still ‘a force to reckon with’, says leader



House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats’ (Lakas-CMD) is preparing for the 2013 elections, with its leaders saying that they are still “a force to reckon with”.

And as if to prove that they can do it all alone, the party has decided to drop the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (Kampi), former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s party, has reverted to simply being Lakas-CMD, which was formed by then Speaker Jose de Venecia and former President Fidel Ramos.

“Binabatikos at minamaliit ang ating partido. Sinasabing politically dead na daw ang Lakas, ito ba ang patay na partido? Nagkakamali sila [They are criticizing and belittling the party. They say that Lakas is politically dead. Is this a dead party?],” said Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr., the party’s president, who presided over the national executive committee meeting at the Diamond Hotel Friday which sought to strengthen their bond as a political party ahead of the elections.

He urged Lakas-CMD members to continue serving the people “even when we are not in power”, saying that it was what kept their party alive.

“We are partners of any administration’s efforts. Walang administrasyon, walang oposisyon, lahat para sa bayan [There is no administration, no opposition, the party is for the country].”

He spoke of changes affecting not only the party but of politics as a whole as the midterm elections neared. For instance, with most members of Kampi having left the Lakas-Kampi merger, the party has passed a resolution to scrap Kampi from its name.

“We will remain with Lakas through thick and thin,” said Minority Leader of the House of Representatives and Lakas-CMD Chairman Danilo Suarez, saying that they were still “a force to reckon with.

Revilla said that they could choose candidates from other parties, “mag-aadopt kami from other [parties]” but admitted that they have yet to release their senatorial slate.

He said that to date, only Zambales Representative Mitos Magsaysay has signified her intention to run for senator in 2013 but has yet to decide whether she would run under United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

Despite having no agreement with UNA on joining forces for the upcoming elections, Revilla said that they would support Magsaysay should she team up with UNA.

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  • Constantine

    E saan ka ba naman pupunta Suarez? Wala namang gustong kumuha sayo e. Kahit kay binay nga ayaw sayo e. 

    Lakas party, Lakas mangurakot!

  • Pablo Juan

    Yep…here’s a lot of reckoning…

    … I reckon, many will jump ship to join UNA…(check!)
    … I reckon, many will go to jail.. (check!)
    .. I reckon, many will be impeached.. (check sana!)
    ..I reckon, a certain somebody will seek asylum somewhere.. (bantayan sana!)

  • kilabot

    yes, a spent force. the logical move is to join lp, which is “lakas pala” in reality.

  • gerry bellocido

    What force to reckon with? A spent force? 

    Lakas-CMD is no different from a “bangkang papel” floating without direction and couting only in seconds it’s useful like on top of the water.

    Bong Revilla? Danilo Suarez? Are they movers? or just soon to be mourners. Clown JDV is a joke. Mang Tabako doesn’t have more years to live from the nicotine he got from his “hunsoy”

    These bunch of dreamers are hallucinating.

  • JosephNess

    huh!!! nagtatalunan na ang mga kakampi nyo, still to beat ??? LOL…indeed !!!

  • green_archer09

    Force? Centrifugal? Gee….what a pathetic delusional view from this congressman!

  • indiosbravos2002

    Even founders Ramos and De Venecia do not want to be associated with the current party. De Venecias son is with PDP Laban

  • indiosbravos2002

    Lakas is now similar to KBL. Way pass its prime.

  • indiosbravos2002

    Sa dami ng lumipat na ng partido, baka fans ni Panday na lang maiwan.

  • opinyonlangpo

    Lakas does’t live up to its name by allowing it to be swallowed by a dwarf. It was Lakas as visualized by its founders until it was destroyed by its own members. Lakas needs a kaKampi to be able to stand up. It is starting from scratch, remnants of whatever remains. The shadow of the founders isn’t even there.

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