Revilla gets party 'promotion'

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Bong Revilla (NPPA Images)

Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. is officially the chairman of former ruling party, Lakas – Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD).
In a national executive meeting, Revilla vowed to “revitalize” the ruling party during the term of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who now serves as its chairman emeritus.
“I want to clarify that I wasn’t ousted from my post. I am promoted. (I would be a) big help in bringing the party to its ruling party status and even make it stronger,” Revilla, who is said to become Lakas' standard bearer for the 2016 presidential polls, said Tuesday.

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Revilla replaced Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, who resigned as a Lakas chairman and member last year.
House Deputy Minority Leader Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, nephew of former First Lady Imelda Marcos, will replace Revilla as party president.
“Our target is to revitalize the party. We will work the hardest to ensure the election of our local candidates in the succeeding weeks so that most of them, if not all, will win,” Romualdez said.
Romualdez promised they will personally campaign for the candidacy of around 800 members running for governor, vice governor, mayor, vice mayor and other local posts in 2013 midterm elections.

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He added there are about 700 Lakas members seeking reelection with only 30 members seeking a seat in the House of Representatives. Only 15 members have a seat in Lower Congress in the 15th Congress.
Revilla clarified their figure maintains their significance in the political arena, insisting that they are still a force to reckon with in the upcoming national elections in May.
“We will work together in supporting our candidates. No one can belittle this party,” Revilla pointed out.
Aside from Arroyo, Lakas founder and former Fidel Ramos remains as its chairman emeritus, who are still being consulted about party matters.