The political party of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the Lakas ng Tao-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD), has formally endorsed the candidacy of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos as Vice President.
In a statement posted on April 15 in a Bongbong Marcos website, it said that the adoption of Marcos as Lakas-CMD’s official Vice Presidential bet was formalized during the party’s official plenary session at the Manila Golf Club in Makati City Thursday afternoon.
Former Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero Pichay moved to nominate Marcos as the adopted vice presidential candidate of Lakas-CMD, which was seconded by Cavite Congresswoman Lani Mercado, wife of Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. who is now facing plunder charges in Sandiganbayan.
It was reported that the motion was approved without any objection and abstentation by any of the delegates.
“Unanimous ang ating choice sa vice president dahil walang tumutol isa man sa atin lahat dito,” said lawyer Raul Lambino, the party’s acting secretary general. He said Lakas-CMD will deliver to Marcos at least 3 million votes.
Party president Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, who is Marcos’ cousin, called on his party mates to unite behind the candidacy of Marcos and work hard for their respective victory in the national and local elections.
Former president and now congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is considered the matriarch of Lakas-CMD. In the 2010 national elections, the party also supported the presidential candidacy of Gilbert Teodoro, who had the endorsement of then President Arroyo. Teodoro lost to now President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III of the Liberal Party.
Marcos on his part said that he was honored by the support of the party.
“Malaking karangalan na ma-adopt ng inyong partido Lakas-CMD. I am deeply humbled by this show of support by one of the most vibrant parties,” he said.
He announced that his campaign for national unity is paying off since it is not only being heard but also slowly being adopted by the Filipino people.
“Ang ating hangarin na pagkakaisa ay isinasabuhay na at itong pag-adopt ninyo sa akin ay isang malaking hakbang tungo sa pagkakaisa,” he added.
Previously, Bongbong Marcos also got the endorsement of former president and now Manila City mayor Joseph “Erap”Estrada.