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Lakas sets convention next week

THE Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats has tentatively set for next week its party convention to discuss political matters in preparation for next year’s presidential elections.

House Independent Bloc Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, the Lakas-CMD president, said the party was yet to decide who to align with for the elections following the declaration of Senator Grace Poe, Vice President Jejomar Binay, and former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II that they will run for President in the 2016 elections.

“We will be meeting to set the convention probably next week to discuss political matters. We have to consolidate for next year,” Romualdez said.

He made his statement even as Senator Ferdinand Marcos on Thursday slammed the reports he would announce his presidential bid in Pangasinan this weekend.

“I have been hearing so many dates of my supposed declaration of my plans for 2016,” said Marcos, a member of the Nacionalista Party who had earlier said he was considering running for President next year.

“Unless you hear it directly from me, do not believe,” Marcos said.

“As I have said before, I believe these false advisories being spread by an unscrupulous group are intentional and meant to put my name in a bad light.”

Marcos said he had also been reported to be announcing his candidacy for President at the Philippine Arena on Sept. 20.

“What made matters worse is that I received reports that people were promised money for their attendance in the event,” he said.

Romualdez said his friends from the Nationalist People’s Coalition, the party widely perceived to carry Poe and Escudero, and UNA were inviting him to join them.

“Political party is about inclusion and we would want to have relationships with all our friends in other parties, including UNA,” he said.

Earlier, Romualdez expressed gratitude to the NPC over his inclusion in its senatorial slate.

He was reacting to the statement of House Deputy Speaker and Isabela Rep. Giorgidi Aggabao, NPC president, that he would be among the party’s senatorial candidates.

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