Lakas-Kampi-CMD pursues selection process for standard bearer

August 28, 2009 10:32 am 

MANILA, Aug. 28 —President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said the administration party has an ongoing selection process for its standard bearer for the coming 2010 presidential polls.

According to the statement of President Arroyo read by Press Secretary Cerge Remonde during the media briefing at the New Executive Building in Malacanang, the ongoing selection process of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD party for its standard bearer is based on democratic consultations.

”Members of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD executive committee have reported to me the progress of this process and they have conveyed to me the sentiments of the party members,” President Arroyo also said in her statement.

”I do not want to get ahead of Vice President Noli de Castro who said he is nearing a decision. But I do thank him for acknowledging the value of the administration party’s support and for attesting to the earnest work that we do in the Cabinet as well as its significance as ‘on the job training’ for the presidency,” Mrs. Arroyo added in her statement.

”The Party, the Cabinet, and I regard VP de Castro as a leader imbued with the decency, capability, dedication to public service, and a genuine sensitivity for the Filipino masses. These traits will make a good president,” Mrs. Arroyo also said.

Remonde said that President Arroyo made this statement as reaction to the pronouncement of VP de Castro the other day.

VP de Castro admitted on Thursday that Mrs. Arroyo has invited her to join the administration party to be considered as its standard bearer for the 2010 elections.

De Castro disclosed this on Thursday during the launching of the Philippine Urban Consortium in Mandaluyong City. He also said he had not made any commitment to President Arroyo.

”But I have not given any final decision,” De Castro said regarding the invitation of Mrs. Arroyo for him to join the Lakas-Kampi-CMD.

But De Castro admitted what was keeping him from accepting the offer of Mrs. Arroyo was that he was still not sure whether to run for President or not.

De Castro, however, said that he would definitely need the support of President Arroyo’s political party if and when he decides to run for the country's highest post.

He also said that it would be an honor for him to be considered as the administration coalition's standard bearer.

He noted he had been working with Mrs. Arroyo for almost six years and he had witnessed how hardworking she was as the country's leader.

”When the President is hardworking, the members of the Cabinet cannot be lazy. So when your leader is hardworking, we learn and my on-the-job training for the last six years has been great,” he also said.

De Castro also said that he was not waiting for Mrs. Arroyo’s endorsement to convince him to run as president in the 2010 elections.

”I am not asking for it, but if (it)will be given to me, of course I will be grateful,” the Vice President added.

He also said that he was not threatened nor affected by the recent surveys conducted by Pulse Asia and Social Weather Station wherein he placed third.

He said he was pleased that he still ranked third even if he had not declared any intention to run for president. (PNA)

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