GMA camp prepares for 2010

BAGUIO CITY — Professing their support to the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration, local elective officials belonging to the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) and Kabalikat ng Mamamayang Pilipino (Kampi) in the Cordillera vowed to conquer the Palace in 2010, with a merged strength.

The Cordillera merger is the second of 16 similar events nationwide. The first was in Davao on June 18, according to Senator Miguel Zubiri, Lakas-CMD secretary-general. The next leg would be in Region 10.

After the regional mergers, the national centralized merger would follow, he said.

Arroyo personally accepted into the ruling party 28 new members to the Lakas–CMD and upheld the planned merger of the two parties here saying the solidarity of the two forces will ensure economic stability in 2010 and beyond.

Arroyo said the merger is imperative “to combine the talents and resources of both parties, thereby sustaining the economic growth generated during the Ramos and Arroyo administrations.”

The ceremonial joint agreement, was signed by Congressmen Mauricio Domogan for Lakas-CMD and Manuel Agyao, for Kampi, of Baguio City and Kalinga respectively.

Over 200 elective officials of the six Cordillera provinces and two cities converged at the CAP Camp John Hay Convention Plaza to sign the joint declaration.

Nine of 12 Cordillera governors and congressmen belong to either Lakas or Kampi members.

Among those present aside from Domogan and Agyao are Abra solon Cecille Luna, Benguet Gov. Nestor Fongwan, Mountain Province Gov. Maximo Dalog, and Kalinga Gov. Floydelia Diasen.

Former Ilocos Sur Governor Luis Chavit was also among the guests.

House Speaker Prospero Nograles, Lakas chair said if the merger pushes through the unified party will have 143 congressmen, 55 governors, 85 city mayors , 945 municipal mayors and over 7,000 vice-governors, councilors and board members.

“Ayaw nating matalo sa 2010,” (We do not want to lose in 2010) Nograles said. The administration ticket garnered only three seats in the Senate in the 2007 elections.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno, concurrently the presidential adviser on political affairs, said with the merger, junking a candidate could be avoided.

“Junking spells defeat,” he said. # Lyn V. Ramo and Ace Alegre(NorDis)

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