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No spent force: Lakas promises 3.5m votes

The Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats remains a “major political force” in the May 13 midterm polls that is expected to make a comeback and would possibly have a standard-bearer in 2016 presidential elections, Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez said on Monday. Romualdez, the deputy minority leader in the House of Representatives, said the Lakas-CMD could deliver at least 3.5 million votes to each of the 10 senatorial candidates they have officially endorsed as it has almost 1,000 local candidates running to various elective posts nationwide. “We have almost 1,000 candidates. We have at least 3.5 million votes that we can rely on to back up our statement that it is a major political force,” Romualdez, a lawyer and president of the Philippine Constitution Association said. Romualdez added that no less than the Commission on Elections declared Lakas-CMD as a major political party in the coming elections. Romualdez, who is running unopposed for his third and last term, said the objective of the Lakas-CMD is to rebuild the party as a major force to reckon with to revive its old form after being routed in the May 2010 presidential polls. “Not only that we want to be part of nation building, but more specifically we would like to see if we can rebuild and reinvigorate the party and we could have a standard bearer in 2016,” Romualdez said. House Minority Leader and Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez earlier said that the Lakas-CMD still had sufficient command votes  to help elect senators and other candidates in the 2013 elections. Romualdez added that several senatorial candidates would still want to be endorsed by the Lakas-CMD even after the party had already announced its 10 senatorial bets for the midterm polls in May. “Lakas-CMD as a major political force is reflective of the fact that a lot of people are still seeking our endorsement even up to now, even if we already released the names of ten senatorial candidates we opted to support,” Romualdez said. Lakas-CMD had endorsed Aurora Rep. Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, ex-Movie and Television Review and Classification Board chairperson Grace Poe, former Las Piñas City Rep. Cynthia Villar of Team PNoy and Zambales Rep. Milagros Magsaysay, San Juan City Rep. JV Ejercito, Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile, re-electionist Sen. Gringo Honasan, vice presidential daughter Nancy Binay and former Sen. Richard Gordon of the United Nationalist Alliance and independent candidate Bro. Eddie Villanueva of Jesus is Lord Movement. Romualdez also named re-electionist Sen. Loren Legarda of Team PNoy and Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco, former Sens. Ernesto Maceda and Juan Miguel Zubiri of UNA as four candidates that Lakas-CMD “strongly recommended” for their local leaders to support in filling-up the two remaining slots of the so-called Magic 12 left at their discretion. Lakas-CMD also is said to be eyeing Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revillar Jr. as its standard-bearer for the 2016 presidential elections.
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