2022 Philippine Elections

Lakas-CMD bets on Sara Duterte for 2022

Rambo Talabong
Lakas-CMD bets on Sara Duterte for 2022

ENDORSEMENT. House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez speaks at a Zoom press briefing on Wednesday, June 23.

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'If Mayor Sara Duterte decides to seek higher office for 2022, we are ready to work for her victory in the coming election,' says Lakas-CMD president Martin Romualdez

Lakas-CMD, one of the major political parties of the Philippines, placed its bets on presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte for the presidency in the 2022 elections.

The endorsement was announced by party president and House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez in a press briefing through Zoom on Wednesday, June 23, also calling for a renewal of alliance with Sara Duterte’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) coalition.

“If Mayor Sara Duterte decides to seek higher office for 2022, we are ready to work for her victory in the coming election,” Romualdez said in a statement issued during the briefing.

Meanwhile, the Lakas-CMD party’s resolution calling for an alliance said, “Lakas-CMD believes that Hugpong ng Pagbabago shares the same vision of a strong Republic through the sustainable economic growth and development of the regions.”

Romualdez said their call for cooperation was “well-received” by Sara Duterte, and that it was only a matter of waiting for when their pact will be formalized.

To recall, Lakas-CMD and Hugpong ng Pagbabago first worked together in the 2019 elections. Since then, there has been a steady trickle of lawmakers jumping parties to Lakas-CMD from the ruling party PDP-Laban.

Lakas-CMD is one of the major political parties of the country. It also has strong ties with former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who was able to seize the House speakership in 2018.

By Lakas-CMD’s count, it has 48 members and allies in the House of Representatives – 26 district representatives who are members of the party and 22 party-list representatives who have aligned themselves with them. At the Senate, Senator Bong Revilla is the sole member of the Lakas-CMD party.

Based on Rappler’s count, two governors are members of Lakas-CMD: Quezon Governor Danilo Suarez and Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Adiong Jr.

While she considers the possibility of a presidential run, Sara Duterte has not announced her plans for 2022. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.