Centrist Democratic Party supports 3 senatoriables

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Thursday, December 6, 2012


THE newly-accredited political party the Centrist Democratic Party (CDP) is reportedly supporting three senatorial candidates in the 2013 midterm elections.

Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez (2nd District), the national president of CDP, said the party will support the candidacy of Senators Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Francis Escudero and Bam Aquino.

Rodriguez said though the three candidates are not members of CDP, they all expressed support to the party’s advocacy and philosophy of changing the world of politics in the country.

On Saturday, CDP’s key officials conducted a seminar at the Mindanao University of Science and Technology, which was attended by several selected groups and individuals from government, young professionals, members of the academe and the media.

Rodriguez spoke at the seminar along with Dr. Peter Koeppinger, an official of the Christian Democratic Party (CDP) in Germany, and Lito Monico Lorenzana, former undersecretary of the departments of Environment and Natural Resources and Interior and Local Government.

CDP, according to Rodriguez, has 74 candidates for various positions and three guest senatorial candidates.

The CDP was registered at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on September 12, 2012 and in only less than three months, it already has 9,600 members.

“That’s a good start, considering that we are a very young political party,” Rodriguez said.

He boasted that the CDP is a party “owned, funded and controlled by its dues-paying members and not by a single patron or groups of individuals who are out to assume political power.”

“We are the only party whose members pay annual dues of P1,000 each. We espouse a centrist democratic ideology,” Rodriguez said.

He emphasized that CDP is a year-round political party, conducting orientation seminars and leadership training of their members and recruits.

According to Rodriguez, CDP is guided by the following principles -- creation of a truly functioning democracy and rule of law; establishment of a thriving social market economy; building of strong and sustainable political parties; and adoption and practice of the principle of subsidiary in all structures of governance towards a vision of a federal republic.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 06, 2012.

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