MANILA, Philippines — The Lakas ng Tao-Christian Muslin Democrats (Lakas-CMD) party has formally adopted vice presidential bet Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as its official candidate for the position in the May 9 elections.
The adoption of the senator went through the process during its official plenary session at the Manila Golf Club in Makati City on Thursday with the party’s officials.
Former Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero Pichay moved to nominate Marcos as the adopted vice presidential candidate of Lakas-CMD. It was seconded by Cavite Congresswoman Lani Mercado and seconded further by lawyer Raul Lambino, the party’s acting secretary general.
The motion was approved without any objection and abstention by any of the delegates.
“Unanimous ang ating choice sa vice president dahil walang tumutol isa man sa atin lahat dito,” Lambino said. He said Lakas-CMD will deliver to Marcos at least 3 million votes.
For his part, Marcos said he was honored by the support of the party.
“Malaking karangalan na ma-adopt ng inyong partido Lakas-CMD. I am deeply humbled by this show of support by one of the most vibrant parties,” he said.
On the other hand, party president Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez called on his party mates to unite behind the candidacy of Marcos and work hard for their respective victory in the elections.
Other prominent party members who attended the assembly were Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla, former Quezon province congressman Danilo Suarez, and former Maguindanao congressman Didagen Dilangalen.
Meanwhile, the Bohol United Opposition (BUO) has also pledged support to Marcos, as one solid group.
The group is composed of local leaders of the province from various political groups that have banded together to go against the ruling Liberal Party.
Led by Bohol 2nd District Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado and Bien Unido town mayor Nino Rey Boniel, incumbent mayors and mayoralty candidates from 47 municipalities and the capital city of Tagbilaran pledged their support to Marcos during their lunch-meeting at the Shang Palace Restaurant in Tagbilaran on Thursday.
Likewise, Marcos paid a courtesy call to Bohol Vice Governor Concepcion Lim, a member of LP, in her home at Valencia town. Ferdinand Patinio/PNA/northboundasia.com