Barely a week after joining the Lakas-CMD party, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte is set to replace Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. as chairperson of the one of the country’s most formidable political party.
“I am honored to accept the Chairmanship of Lakas-CMD. Together with the party, I look forward to waging a successful campaign for Uniteam BBM-Sara, with the invaluable support of our fellow Filipinos,” said Duterte in a statement issued hours after Revilla made the offer.
Lakas-CMD has fielded her as its vice presidential candidate in the 2022 elections.
In a statement issued earlier, Revilla offered the second highest post in the party to Duterte.
“I have full trust and confidence in Mayor Sara Duterte’s leadership. I believe that she will steer the party towards victory in 2022,” Revilla said in a Facebook post on Wednesday, Nov. 17.
In a statement party president and House Majority Leader Ferdinand Martin Romualdez lauded the presidential daughter’s decision to join Lakas-CMD.
“Mayor Sara is now the standard bearer of Lakas-CMD and the acknowledged guiding light of the Party. We are constantly guided by her instructions to continue forging alliances and maintaining good relationship with all forces supportive of the administration’s efforts to improve the living condition of the Filipino people,” said Romualdez.
The party has been on a rebound recently as its president, House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, was able to expand its membership in the Lower House.
Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was also credited for the continued rise of Lakas-CMD that has catapulted her and its founder, former President Fidel V. Ramos to the top national post.
Meanwhile, Romualdez belied claims by DIWA Partylist Rep. Michael Aguinaldo that President Duterte has made categorical statements blaming Lakas-CMD for his daughter’s decision to run as vice president.
“We would like to refer Rep. Mike Aglipay to the interview of President last Sunday with regard Mayor Sara’s decision. Nowhere in his statement did the President blame Lakas-CMD or any member of the party for the Mayor’s decision,” he said.
“There is also absolutely no basis to Rep. Aglipay’s insinuations that rumors on a supposed coup to oust the Speaker and the Majority Leader may have come from “them” meaning Lakas,” Romualdez further stated.
The Lakas-CMD president decried Aglipay’s claim as “utterly preposterous.” “Once again, these rumors did not originate from us and we don’t have any intention of changing the leadership in the House of Representatives,” he said.