Palace confident FVR will continue to extend help in administration coalition

August 19, 2009 10:00 am 

MANILA, Aug. 19 — Although saddened by the decision of former President Fidel V. Ramos to decline the position of chairman emeritus in the merged Lakas-Kampi-CMD, Malacanang expressed confidence Wednesday that the former President will continue to be of help to the administration coalition.

Press Secretary Cerge M. Remonde said they would always want the former president to be on the coalition despite his decision.

“The former president is one of the most respected and finest leaders of our country. We really want him to be on the administration team in the 2010 elections,” he said.

Remonde pointed out that despite the issue, the administration coalition remains a force to reckon with in next year’s polls, citing that 80 percent of the country’s mayors, governors and congressmen are members of the team.

Earlier, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Gabriel Claudio said Lakas-Kampi-CMD respects the decision of Ramos and regrets that the position and explanation regarding the party’s compliance of internal procedures for the merger appear to have been inadequate for the former President.

“With due respect, we maintain that the political and legal bases behind the merger, including those on due consultations are cogent, firm and valid,” he said.

Claudio said the party values the presence of Ramos in the coalition and his historic role and distinction as founder of Lakas.

“We believe that there is an abundance of goodwill and shared commitment to the national interest within the party to establish renewed understanding and find the proper approach and resolution to this situation,” he said in a statement. (PNA) LDV/OPS/ssc

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