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Lakas renews call for unity
THE Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) led by vice presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on Saturday renewed its call for unity and maintained that President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte remains the lone senatorial aspirant of the party as of the moment despite the latter’s unfriendly remark against Lakas-CMD.
In a statement, the Lakas-CMD said President Duterte’s rejection of a coalition among the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan and Lakas (PDDS), and Lakas-CMD was nothing new.
“The President’s opinion on an alliance with Lakas-CMD is nothing new. PDP’s rejection of the BBM-Sara tandem was already relayed to Lakas-CMD last week, and this was revealed by Mayor Inday Sara Duterte in her public statement on November 16,” the Lakas-CMD said.
The Lakas-CMD will push the presidential bid of former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP).
“While both the President and Mayor Sara have been quite clear in their public pronouncements, the only contradiction seems to be coming from Senator Bong Go who belied PDP’s rejection of Lakas’ proposed tandem, contradicting both Mayor Sara and the President’s statements,” the party said.
The Lakas-CMD underscored the importance for various groups to unite amid the continued devastations of coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19).
“While we do not blame Senator Bong Go or PDP for this inconsistency given the current climate within their party, we continue to call for unity for the good of our country,” the Lakas-CMD said.
Despite the President’s position, the Lakas-CMD said the Chief Executive deserves the support of the party.
“Be that as it may, President Duterte is the top and still the only senatorial candidate in the list of Mayor Sara and Lakas-CMD, as of the moment. Thank you,” the party said.