HOUSE Majority Leader and Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) President Martin G. Romualdez of Leyte’s 1st District on Tuesday hailed the decision of the Nacionalista Party (NP) led by former Senate President Manny Villar to support the presidential and vice-presidential candidacies of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.
“The Lakas-CMD welcomes and greatly values the endorsement of the Nacionalista Party led by former Senate President Manny Villar of the Marcos-Duterte tandem,” said Romualdez. “The support of one of the country’s biggest and oldest political parties will certainly make a difference as we work hard to consolidate forces and support to the UniTeam tandem in this crucial period of the campaign.”
“The endorsement of the Villar-led party inches Marcos and Duterte further closer towards the post that they are seeking,” Romualdez said.
A statement issued by the NP and signed by Villar, party president and chairman of the national directorate, said the NP “fully supports the candidacies of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. for President and Inday Sara Duterte for Vice President” for the May 2022 elections.
“We believe that Bongbong and Inday Sara’s message of unity is crucial in binding our country together and inspiring our people as we rebuild not only from the pandemic but also from political chasm that divide us. They both have the platforms of government, qualifications and track record to lead our country towards unity and prosperity,” it said.
The NP was the latest national political party to officially commit its support to the candidacies of Marcos and Duterte following the tandem’s endorsement also by the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) in the national level.
Partnerships and alliances with other political parties in the local level and even with candidates have also been sealed with the BBM-Sara tandem.
Romualdez said the support that Marcos and Duterte received from the NP will certainly boost their chances and assure them of victory in the May elections.
Both candidates are currently leading in the presidential and vice presidential races.