Lakas rejects alliance with Binay's party

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Saturday, April 28, 2012


THE spokesperson of Lakas-CMD party on Saturday denied reports that it has decided to support the senatorial line-up of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of Vice President Jejomar Binay and former President Joseph Estrada.

"While there are proposals from party members to coalesce with UNA for the 2013 polls, they remain just that, mere proposals," lawyer Raul Lambino, the spokesperson of Lakas-CMD, said in a press statement.

"There are also proposals to support the lineup of other parties, or to even choose from the various slates the candidates Lakas will be campaigning for," Lambino added.

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Lambino issued the statement after House Minority Leader and Quezon Representative Danilo Suarez said that Lakas-CMD is now indebted to UNA for adopting Zambales Representative Mitos Magsaysay in their ticket.

Lakas-CMD is the political party of former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

“Logically, we will support UNA as a show of good gesture for carrying our colleague (Magsaysay) to their ticket,” Suarez said.

Lambino stressed that the decision of the party remains to be made and finalized during Lakas' National Council meeting which will be held sometime in May, where he said the various proposals will be lengthily discussed and weighed.

Lambino also denied reports that Cavite Representative Lani Mercado-Revilla, wife of Lakas President Senator Bong Revilla, will be running for the Senate next year.

"It is clear that Congresswoman Lani and the Revilla family have not expressed any intention to join any senatorial slate for the 2013 elections. As far as I know, they have not even entertained such a thought," he said.

Lani Revilla herself also told Sun.Star that she will not run for the Senate in 2013. She said she will seek reelection in the second district of Cavite.

"On the other hand, what has already been decided upon is to push for the candidacy of Rep. Mitos Magsaysay for the Senate. We will go all out to support her bid," Lambino said. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)

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