A who's who of the country’s heavyweights in the political arena gathered in one place during the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats' (Lakas-CMD) executive committee meeting.
A Facebook post from House Majority Leader and Zambonga City 2nd district Rep. Mannix Dalipe Thursday, Feb. 3 offered a glimpse of the personalities who took part in the high-level meeting.
Leading the attendees was none other than House Speaker and Leyte 1st district Rep. Martin Romualdez, the party's president; Vice President Sara Duterte, the party's chairperson; and Senior Deputy Speaker and Pampanga 2nd district Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the party's chairperson emeritus.
Dalipe, himself the party's executive vice president, shared the panel with the Lakas-CMD "trinity" during the event.
Lakas-CMD is among the most respected political parties in the country. Although its current iteration only dates back to 2008, it was historically founded in 1991 by former president Fidel V. Ramos and Raul Manglapus.
In fact, in one of the photos taken during the Wednesday meeting, the attendees all flashed the thumbs up sign, which was the signature gesture of the late Ramos.
Lakas-CMD is arguably at its strongest position in years, with Dalipe even describing it as the "ruling party", at least in the House of Representatives, where it has 68 member-congressmen.