Lakas meeting to map 2010 strategy
MANILA, Philippines — The Lakas Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) party will hold an expanded executive committee meeting on January 29 to begin mapping out its strategy for the 2010 elections, a party official said.
Lakas officials will discuss “securing party cohesion, preparedness and dominance” and “probably” tackle the criteria for choosing its standard bearer in 2010, Lakas senior deputy secretary general Gabriel Claudio said.
“Generally, [the party will] assess present and prospective political conditions,” said Claudio, who is also political adviser to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Arroyo is chairman of Lakas-CMD, which is allied with the party she founded, the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (Kampi, Partner of the Free Filipino).
An announced merger between the two parties, intended to field a single standard bearer and senatorial slate, and improve administration chances of bagging next year’s elections, has been put on hold because of reported Kampi infighting
Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Bayani Fernando is so far the only Lakas member who has declared his intention to run for president next year.
Vice President Noli De Castro, who is leading in performance surveys, is also reportedly being eyed to be the administration standard bearer. But he is an independent.
Lakas members reportedly being considered as candidates for vice president include Batangas Governor Vilma Santos and Senator Ramon Revilla Jr.
The Lakas was founded by former president Fidel Ramos in 1992 as the vehicle for his presidential bid that same year.
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