Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte: “I would like to express my gratitude to Lakas-CMD for the unconditional support. Daghang salamat kaninyong tanan!” File photo shows the mayor with House Majority Leader and Leyte 1st District Rep. Martin G. Romualdez, Lakas-CMD Party president.
DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte has expressed gratitude to the Lakas-Christian Muslim led by House Majority Leader and Leyte 1st District Rep. Martin G. Romualdez as president for the party’s unconditional support to whatever political plans she may pursue in the 2022 presidential polls.
Duterte thanked Lakas-CMD after its National Executive Committee decided Tuesday to renew its alliance agreement with the Mayor’s influential regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) with the end in view of building a multi-party coalition intent on pursuing the political and socio-economic reforms laid out by the Duterte administration.
“I would like to express my gratitude to Lakas-CMD for the unconditional support. Daghang salamat kaninyong tanan!” Duterte said in a statement released immediately after Romualdez announced their decision in a press conference.
Duterte also confirmed that her team has been discussing concerns for 2022 presidential polls with various political parties.
“I am aware that the officers of Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) are in talks with several highly-placed national officials regarding the 2022 elections. I am not privy to these discussions,” Duterte said.
“But I was told that the meetings are about my candidacy for the Presidential race in 2022. I was assured that everyone involved in these talks will respect my decision if I decide against running for President,” Duterte added.
Last Wednesday, top officials of the Lakas-CMD unanimously adopted a resolution that authorizes Romualdez to sign the renewal of their alliance agreement with the HNP for the 2022 national and local elections.
Romualdez, House Majority Leader and chairman of the House committee on rules, said the alliance agreement would bind the two parties to support whoever they decide to field as candidate for President in next year’s election.
“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 as he underscored the importance of stronger cooperation of political parties in ensuring the preservation of the country’s democratic processes, including the conduct of peaceful and orderly elections.
“I call on other political parties to join us and be part of our mission to form a broad multi-party coalition anchored on shared principles. We need coalition partners that share the same vision of building a strong Republic through sustainable growth and development of the regions,” Romualdez, a lawyer from the University of the Philippines (UP) and president of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa).
In their resolution, Lakas officials noted the importance of the party playing an active role in building a strong Republic in wake of devastation caused by the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Lakas-CMD believes that Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) shares the same vision of a strong Republic through the sustainable economic growth and development of the regions,” the resolution stated.
The Lakas-CMD previously signed an alliance agreement with HNP on November 7, 2018, which paved the way for their partnership in the 2019 national and local elections.
“The 2022 election will see both parties working together once more for the common good but this time, hopefully, with more political parties on board,” Romualdez said.
“May this new coalition usher in a new era of national unity, which we badly need to bounce back from the ravages wrought by the pandemic,” Romualdez added.