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Lakas endorses Binay, Gordon, Villar, Villanueva

Angela Casauay
Posted on 04/17/2013 2:09 PM  | Updated 05/07/2013 7:27 PM

STILL ACTIVE. A file photo of Lakas-CMD officials

MANILA, Philippines - The erstwhile ruling party Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) on Wednesday, April 17, announced their support for the candidacies of 4 more senatorial candidates -- two from the United Nationalist Allliance (UNA), one from Team PNoy and one independent candidate, in addition to endorsements announced earlier.

They are:

The party is now endorsing a total of 10 candidates at the national level -- 6 bets from UNA, 3 from Team PNoy and 1 independent candidate.

The last two slots will depend on the decision of Lakas-CMD members at the local level, Lakas president Leyte Rep Martin Romualdez said in a press conference. The party, however, "strongly recommends" the following candidates for the last two slots: Sen Loren Legarda (Team PNoy), Margarita Cojuangco (UNA), Ernesto Maceda (UNA) and Miguel Zubiri (UNA).

  • San Juan Rep JV Ejercito (UNA);
  • Cagayan Rep Jack Enrile (UNA);
  • Zambales Rep Mitos Magsaysay (UNA);
  • Sen Gringo Honasan (UNA);
  • Aurora Rep Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara (Team PNoy);
  • Former censors chief Grace Poe (Team PNoy)
Despite losing its ruling party status after the 2010 elections, Lakas-CMD still holds a considerable membership base at the local level. It has 25 congressional, 8 gubernatorial, and 109 mayoral candidates running in May. (Political party profile: Lakas-CMD: Relevant for how long?)

In February, Sen Bong Revilla took over as party chairman while Romualdez was elected party president.

Lakas-CMD is the political party of former president and now Pampanga Rep Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who is running for re-election. -

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