Lakas-CMD denies being blamed by President Duterte for Mayor Sara’s VP run

Maris Federez   •   November 19, 2021   •   388

MANILA, Philippines — The Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats party has denied reports that it is being blamed by President Rodrigo Duterte for Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s decision to run for vice-president in the 2022 national and local elections against her father’s wishes.

The party was referring to the claim of DIWA party-list Rep. Mike Aglipay that the President blamed the party for his daughter’s decision.

“President Rodrigo Duterte did not make any categorical statement blaming Lakas-CMD for the decision of Mayor Sara to run as vice president,” the party said in a statement.

“We would like to refer Rep. Mike Aglipay to the interview of the President last Sunday with regard to 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,” it added.

Lakas-CMD, which is now chaired by Mayor Sara, also denied Aglipay’s “insinuation” that the party is plotting to unseat members of the ruling PDP-Laban from the House leadership.

“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. This is utterly preposterous,” the party said.

“These rumors did not originate from us and we don’t have any intention of changing the leadership in the House of Representatives,” it added.

Lakas-CMD reiterated that they look up to Mayor Sara as the guiding light of the party and that they are guided by her principle to be a unifying party, forging alliances and maintaining good relationships with all forces supportive of the administration’s efforts to improve the living condition of Filipinos.

Lakas-CMD also called on all concerned “to stop these finger-pointing and destructive politics and concentrate on passing the 2022 budget and other significant measures that will help our country recover from the ill-effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“We take this opportunity to reiterate our strong and unequivocal support to President Duterte and his bid for the Senate in the 2022 elections. We will continue to work closely with Malacañang to push for the President’s legislative agenda in the remaining months of the 18th Congress,” the party said. —/mbmf

Cusi-led PDP-LABAN wing adopts Sara Duterte as VP bet

Robie de Guzman   •   January 21, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The PDP-Laban faction led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi on Friday said it has adopted Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio as its vice presidential candidate for the May 2022 national elections.

In a statement, the PDP-Laban wing said it is already finalizing the terms of its alliance agreement with Lakas-CMD party, which is chaired by Mayor Sara.

“The decision to adopt Mayor Sara has been made by the PDP-Laban National Executive Committee based on her credentials, advocacies, and vision for our nation,” the group said.

“Based on these, the PDP-Laban has decided that the quality of her advocacies and vision are strongly aligned with that of the party,” it added.

The group also said that Sara Duterte-Carpio’s leadership and track record “make her most qualified for the position she is now aspiring for and therefore deserves the party’s support.”

It also expressed its belief that Sara’s election to the vice presidency “will help ensure the continuity of the vital programs of the current administration.”

Sara Duterte-Carpio and the Lakas-CMD have yet to issue a statement on the matter.

While it adopted Mayor Sara, the Cusi-led faction left out her running mate, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

The group said it is still in the process of evaluating who among the presidential candidates would best continue the programs of the Duterte administration.

It will also consider President Rodrigo Duterte’s personal pick for president in deciding who to support for the presidency, it added.


Comelec to hold nationwide mock elections on Dec. 29

Maris Federez   •   December 28, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to hold a nationwide mock election on Wednesday (December 29) as part of its preparation for the coming 2022 national and local elections.

According to the Comelec Education and Information Division, the mock elections will be conducted in the National Capital Region (NCR) and six provinces in different parts of the country.

In Luzon, the mock elections will be done in the provinces of Isabela and Albay.

In Visayas, it will be conducted in Negros Oriental and in Leyte; while in Mindanao, it will be held in Davao del Sur.

The mock elections in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will be held in the province of Maguindanao.

For the NCR, mock elections will be conducted in Pateros, Taguig City, and Pasay City.

It will start at 7 in the morning and will end at 5 in the afternoon.

“As far as the turnout does not really the issue. Hindi tayo naghahabol ng mataas na turnout ang hinahabol natin ay makita how the system performs,” Comelec spokesperson Dir. James Jimenez said.

A total of 34 barangays will be used in the mock elections to be participated in by 20,000 registered voters with each clustered precinct to accommodate around 500 to 600 voters.

“Basta ang average niya is around 500 to 600 voters per precinct there are some medyo malalaki yong bilang lke 786 yung isang clustered precinct and there are small precincts relative speaking like this one which has only 441,” Jimenez said.

The mock election will be conducted from end to end, meaning from the moment the voter sets foot in the polling precinct up to the counting to votes in the canvassing area.

The mock elections will direct the voters to vote for all national and local positions indicated in the 30-inch long ballot bearing fictitious names for each electoral position. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Dante Amento)

Sara Duterte backs 7 Senate bets

Robie de Guzman   •   December 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Vice presidential candidate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has named the seven senatorial candidates on her list for the 2022 elections.

In a tweet on Tuesday Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) said Sara’s father, President Rodrigo Duterte, tops the list.

Duterte is seeking a Senate seat in next year’s polls.

Other candidates under her slate are former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, former senator Jinggoy Estrada, resigned Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, former Defense Secretary Gibo Teodoro, former Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, and Antique Representative Loren Legarda.

Sara Duterte-Carpio made the announcement on Tuesday. She is currently the chairperson of Lakas-CMD.

The Davao City mayor is running with presidential aspirant, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos.


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