The strength of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats in Congress has grown to 50, of which 28 are district representatives and 22 are party-list allies, House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez said.
“We welcome our fellow legislators to the growing force of Lakas-CMD. In line with our commitment to serve the people, we continue to open our doors to leaders inside and out the House of Representatives,” he said.
La Union Rep. Sandra Eriguel, inter-parliamentary relations and diplomacy committee chairperson, and Nueva Vizcaya Rep. Luisa Lloren Cuaresma, have recently transferred to the political party.
Businesswoman Katrina Gloria Ponce Enrile, daughter of ex-Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, also joined Lakas-CMD as she threw her hat into the congressional race in Cagayan.
Others who have recently transferred to Lakas-CMD were Quezon City Councilors Nikki Crisologo of District 1 and John Defensor of District 3, Christian Ryan Bustamante who will run for mayor in Oas, Albay, and Franz William Ernest Belgica who will run for councilor in San Juan City.
“Our new members. including Representatives Eriguel and Cuaresma, come from diverse backgrounds and locations but we all unite to fulfill one goal: to lead our nation efficiently and competently,” said Romualdez, who is also the president of the Philippine Constitution Association president.
Romualdez said leaders from Luzon, including those coming from Ilocos Norte and Bicol, as well as Mindanao have taken their oath as Lakas-CMD members on Sept. 25.
Cavite Vice Gov. Ramon “Jolo” Revilla III, young actor Nash Aguas, Cavite City Vice Mayor Denver Christopher Chua who is running for mayor, re-electionist Noveleta Mayor Dino Carlo Reyes Chua, board Member Christian Davey Chua, and the other members of their respective teams have joined Lakas-CMD.
The party has been able to produce two presidents – Fidel Ramos and Gloria Arroyo.