Revilla offers Lakas-CMD chairmanship to Sara Duterte

By: Neil Arwin Mercado - Inquirer.net | November 17,2021 - 01:48 PM

BIGGER VEHICLE Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte takes her oath as a member of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats at the Revilla Farm in Silang, Cavite, on Thursday. Administering the oath is House Majority Leader and Lakas-CMD President Martin Romualdez (left), with Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., the party’s chair, as witness. | Photo from the Office of Majority Leader Martin Romualdez

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. on Wednesday offered his current post as chairman of the Lakas-CMD party to Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio ahead of the 2022 national elections.

Revilla made the offer a few days after Duterte-Carpio joined Lakas-CMD and filed her candidacy for vice presidency under the party.

“I have full trust and confidence in Mayor Sara Duterte’s leadership, I believe that she will steer the Party towards victory in 2022. In full support of Mayor Sara Duterte’s candidacy for Vice President, I am offering her my post as Chairman of Lakas-CMD,” Revilla said in a statement.

Duterte-Carpio is running for vice president with former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who is vying for the presidential seat, as her running mate.

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Former President and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who serves as the party’s president emeritus and a stalwart of the party, was conspicuously absent during Duterte-Carpio’s transfer to Lakas-CMD, but was largely believed to have contributed significantly to the latter’s decision to run for a post and join their party.

Lakas-CMD had fielded placeholders for the top two elective posts for Duterte-Carpio, who had then filed her certificate of candidacy for reelection as mayor of Davao City.

Aside from their random meetings, Duterte-Carpio allegedly helped install Arroyo as speaker of the House of Representatives.

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