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MANILA, Philippines - The Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD), led by Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr, decided to support the senatorial bids of 4 candidates from the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) and 2 from Team PNoy:
In spite of the exodus of members after the 2010 elections, Lakas-CMD remains a force to reckon with. It has 3 incumbent senators, 14 incumbent governors, and 28 incumbent members of the House of Representatives. (Political party profile: Lakas-CMD: Relevant for how long?)
The Commission on Elections recognized Lakas-CMD as one of the "major parties" this coming elections. UNA narrowly edged out Lakas to become the dominant minority party.
The former ruling party reached the decision to endorse the 6 during the executive meeting in Makati on Wednesday, April 10, according to Lakas-CMD spokesman Raul Lambino.
4 more senators
Lambino said the party will meet again next week to endorse 4 more for a total of 10 candidates.
The party will allow local candidates to endorse 2 more candidates in their localities to complete their Magic 12, he said.
Lambino said among the other candidates they are considering are Sen Loren Legarda, Sen Alan Peter Cayetano, evangelist Eddie Villanueva, and Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn.
There are some concerns, he said, about senators who did not support local bills that already passed the House of Representatives. Most members of Lakas-CMD are in the House of Representatives.
"There are still some contentious issues," he said.
Party chairman Senator Revilla and party president Leyte Rep Martin Romualdez presided over the executive meeting.
Former President Gloria Arroyo is no longer active in the party. - Rappler.com
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