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Ex-Lakas members welcome to return to party, Romualdez says

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

The Lakas Christian-Muslims Democrats (Lakas-CMD) party has opened its doors to former partymates who want to “to come home” as the political entity seeks to reclaim its glory in the upcoming 2019 mid-term elections.

Former Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, president of Lakas-CMD, said the changing status of political power in the country was “a natural consequence in time” and the latest development in the political landscape has given them a chance to finally regroup after more than seven years.

Romualdez said that it was only a matter of time for Lakas to probably produce another Philippines president.

“It’s a political season… we have a very long heritage of leadership. Lakas has produced two excellent presidents, President Fidel Ramos and President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo… maybe one day Lakas will be able to produced another president,” said Romualdez.

He said some old partymates have opened the communication lines with the party after President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncement last August that those who aren’t comfortable with the leadership of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban) may return to their respective mother units.

“In the words of the President, those who have joined PDP, at this juncture, if they so desire may return to their mother units. So those who were once with Lakas are all welcome back,” said Romuadez.

Majority Leader Rolanda Andaya Jr. (Camarines Sur) last July hinted that aside from Partido Nacionalista (NP) and Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), there was a big possibility that Lakas-CMD might be the new vehicle for resigning members of the ruling PDP-Laban party following the leadership change in the House of Representatives.

Just like NP and NPC, Lakas is also a coalition partner of the Duterte administration and the Hugpong ng Pagbabago of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

Andaya, a former Lakas member himself, is welcome to rejoin the party anytime, according to Romualdez.