PGMA says Lakas-Kampi CMD merger proof 2010 polls will push through

May 28, 2009 1:25 pm 

MANILA, May 28 — President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared today that the merger of Lakas-Kampi-CMD is a strong assurance to doubting Thomases of the “administration’s resolve and determination to push through with the national and local elections in 2010.”

“Cynics and detractors love to paint grim scenarios about the cancellation of the 2010 elections. Let this merger of Lakas and Kampi be tangible proof of the administration’s readiness, nay determination, to help ensure the elections will push through,” the President said.

In her speech during the joint meeting of the Lakas-CMD national directorate and Kampi national council at the Manila Hotel this morning, the President said the emergence of Lakas-Kampi-CMD as “one party is our finest weapon and best guarantee for success in the 2010 elections. “

With their merger, Lakas-Kampi is “moving as one, fighting as one as the instrument and vehicle for electing the best, the most qualified and the worthiest leaders of our country.”

She challenged the party members to strive for victory not just for the party but also for the entire nation and democracy. “Let us achieve victory in the context and manner of clean and credible elections worthy of Filipinos’ democratic traditions. After all, electoral reforms, especially automation are priority items in our administration’s 10-point agenda,” she stressed.

“Let us win not because we are powerful. Let us win because we are united. And ours is a program of performance and unity for the good of our people,” the President said.

At the launch of the merged party which was attended by hundreds of city mayors, congressmen and governors from the two political parties, the President walked from table to table shaking hands and exchanging brief notes with those in attendance.

In her well-applauded speech, the President repeated the phrase, “I need you all with me” to underline her message that the Lakas-Kampi-CMD unification should not just be for the purpose of winning the 2010 elections but providing quality service to the people.

She congratulated and thanked the National Consolidation and Unification Committee, headed by Political Affairs Secretary Gabriel Claudio, “for making this day happen.”

“Doubting Thomases and there were many, said the merger between the two biggest political parties would not come to pass. The road to this merger has neither been short nor easy. But we had made a great leap of faith and statesmanship today. Some of you with a certain degree of trepidation, tolerance and sacrifice… for your willingness to rise above boundaries to do what is right not only for the administration’s political cause but also for the nation maraming salamat,” the President said.

She described the merger of the two administration political parties as an ingredient to political harmony not only within the administration coalition but throughout the country.

“The call for national harmony and political civility must emanate from those who constitute the political majority and it must take root first in our backyard. Indeed our merged party is great enough to provide a critical mass and a veritable momentum towards national unity and solidarity,” the President said.

Hailing the Lakas-Kampi-CMD merger as both appropriate and timely, the President pointed out that the next 13 months will be the biggest push of our incumbent administration to clip poverty and unemployment and address the perennial concerns over infrastructure, health, education, services and other forms of needs in all our communities.

“I need you all with me on this so we can give our nation a legacy of lasting opportunities and foundations for peace, economic upliftment and the promotion of human dignity. With your help, government has been adequately able to protect our countrymen and women from the worst effects of the global financial downturn that has brought 2/3 of the world to its knees,” she said.

“As one party now, we shall, God willing drive the last fearsome effects of this global crisis away from our shores,” the President said.

She said that “to build a sustainable national economy in the face of the global economic crisis, I need you with me.”

“To work to create a consensus among political parties to ensure that a proper balance exists within national economic interests and our obligation as members of the economy of all mankind. I need you with me strong and united that is why here, at least in our homes, there is no other way forward but to be one, act as one and win as one,” the President said.

She said “rarely we will be unanimous in our thinking and opinions but I would hope that all of us will be disciplined enough to support the party stand.”

She asked the party members to strive to make the alliance between the local government units and the Armed Forces of the Philippines a major campaign plank especially in the local elections. She also asked the administration candidates to “take this up as a key governance thrust and to openly support and pledge to push peace and development and oppose collaborators of those who seek to use violence to overthrow government and to impose their obsolete ideology on the people.”

“In 2010, let us have none of our LGUs flirting with the enemies of the state. And let us show those who continue to do so as undermining their communities and their Republic. I am confident that with you working with me now” we can further strengthen our partnership in pursuit of our people’s welfare, she said.

She said her government has found it easier and more productive long drawn projects and services in areas where governors or mayors are not at odds with their congressmen or their governors. The merged party will have a mechanism for reconciliation or if necessary the adjudication of disputes at the local levels, she added.

She thanked the participants for the five resolutions they passed and then thanked them for “keeping faith in me as chair our merged parties.” (PNA)



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