KEY members of the Lakas–Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) have pledged their support to the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) and the candidacy of Vice President Jejomar Binay in 2016 even if the party has yet to decide who to support in next year’s election.
Among the Lakas-CMD mem¬bers who pledged to back Binay during the launching of UNA as a political party on Wednesday were former Que¬zon province Rep. Danilo Sua-rez, the party’s co-chairman; his wife, incumbent Quezon Rep. Aleta Suarez; former Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay and former Candaba, Pampanga Mayor Jerry Pelayo.
Lakas-CMD president Ferdi¬nand Martin Romualdez earlier said the party has yet to meet formally and discuss its stand in 2016.
“We might have opportunity to meet within the break. But we are also observing the developments in the political scene because everything is possible for the party right now,” Romualdez said.
Magsaysay, who sought a Senate seat in 2013 under UNA, said Lakas-CMD will hold a convention to formalize its coalition with UNA.
According to her, she wants to join Binay because she wants to be part of a broad opposition to what she branded as a hypocrite administration.
“Unfortunately, for the past five years, the only ones who have benefited under this regime were those who wore yellow with them and the others who were either bribed and coerced,” she said.
“This is the worst government the country ever had,” Magsaysay added.
She also dared Senators Aquilino Pimentel 3rd, Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes 4th to prove their sincerity in fighting corruption and immorality in government by investigating those who benefited from the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), particularly the Cabinet members and those behind the DAP including President Benigno Aquino 3rd and Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad.
The Vice President, during the UNA event, criticized the administration for its failure to provide enough jobs, a decent health care program, and an effective education system and programs to combat poverty and criminality.
Binay promised improved basic services; economic dynamism and an effective and caring government.