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Arroyo, De Venecia reunite as Lakas-CMD vow to ‘win’ members back

Mar 09, 2020 - 11:33 PM

The once formidable Lakas-CMD is slowly increasing its numbers in the House, where its party president Martin Romualdez is the influential Majority Leader

GOING STRONG. Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (center), former House speaker Jose de Venecia Jr (3rd from L, front row) pose for a photo with other Lakas-CMD members in the House on March 9, 2020. Photo from the Office of House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez

PDP-Laban loses another member as Biliran congressman joins Lakas-CMD

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:20 PM

Though not a major party in the House with just 30 allies, Lakas-CMD remains influential given its ties to former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez

OATH-TAKING. Biliran Representative Gerardo Espina Jr (3rd from R) takes his oath as Lakas-CMD member before party president and House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez on February 19, 2020. Photo from Romualdez's staff

8 more party-list lawmakers forge alliance with Lakas-CMD

Oct 02, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Lakas-CMD now has a total of 26 members and allies in the House – 13 district representatives as party members and 13 party-list legislators as allies

ALLIES. Lakas-CMD stalwarts Martin Romualdez, Mikey Arroyo, and Prospero Pichay pose with 3 of their new party-list allies on September 30, 2019. Photo from Romualdez's Facebook page

Lakas-CMD recruits 2 new lawmakers, allies with 5 party-list groups

Sep 03, 2019 - 2:57 PM

Lakas-CMD will 'continue to strengthen our political influence nationwide,' says party president and House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez

GETTING STRONGER. Lakas-CMD president Martin Romualdez administers the oath of new members, Representatives Hector Sanchez and Wilter Wee Palma II. Lakas-CMD member Juan Miguel Arroyo witness the oath-taking. Photo courtesy Romualdez's office

Daraga Mayor Baldo must first consent to Lakas-CMD withdrawal of nomination – Comelec

Jan 07, 2019 - 1:59 PM

Lakas-CMD withdraws Carlwyn Baldo's nomination after police tagged him as the alleged mastermind in AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe's murder

CARLWYN BALDO. Photo of Baldo from his Facebook page.

Party withdraws nomination of mayor tagged in Batocabe slay

Jan 06, 2019 - 11:26 AM

Reelectionist Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo 'is no longer the official candidate of Lakas-CMD,' the political party tells the Commission on Elections

MAYOR AND SUSPECT. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is accused of masterminding the murder of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe. Photo from Baldo's Facebook page

Pichay hits PDP-Laban for 'disrespecting' coalition with Lakas-CMD

Nov 19, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Deputy Speaker Prospero Pichay Jr says the ruling PDP-Laban fielded candidates against Lakas-CMD in several districts despite a coalition agreement between their parties signed in 2016

ON ALLIANCES. Deputy Speaker and Lakas-CMD secretary-general Prospero Pichay Jr is the guest at the Ugnayan sa Batasan forum on November 19, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Dr Willie Ong runs for senator, banks on '10M FB followers'

Oct 11, 2018 - 1:58 PM

Dr Willie Ong is one of the bets banking on their huge social media following as they file their certificates of candidacy for the 2019 elections

FOR HEALTH. Dr. Willie Tan Ong of Lakas-CMD with supporters after filing his Certificate on Candidacy for Senator on October 11, 2018 at the Comelec office in Manila. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

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Oct 11, 2017 - 8:35 PM

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Camiguin's Romualdo leaves Liberal Party to join Lakas-CMD

Feb 02, 2017 - 5:35 PM

With Camiguin Representative Xavier Jesus Romualdo s departure the former ruling party now only has 32 members in the House of Representatives

BYE, LP. Camiguin Representative Xavier Jesus Romualdo is the newest member of Lakas-CMD. File photo of Romualdo by Rappler

Belmonte backs emergency powers for Duterte vs traffic

Jun 21, 2016 - 5:47 PM

The outgoing Speaker of the House of Representatives says waiving the bidding for transportation contracts is fine as long as all information are made public

LP LEADER. Outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said he might lead the members of the LP who will join the majority coalition if their members won't be asked to jump ship to PDP-Laban. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

NUP seals alliance with PDP-Laban

Jun 02, 2016 - 5:10 PM

The National Unity Party is the latest political party to express support for President elect Rodrigo Duterte s PDP Laban

NEW ALLIES. The National Unity Party joins forces with the incoming ruling party, PDP-Laban. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Belmonte: 'Sizeable number of LP members still on my side'

May 31, 2016 - 5:15 PM

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr says the party leadership s preferred scenario is for the LP to remain intact even as some of its members coalesce with the new majority bloc in the House

HOUSE LEADER. House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte opens the 3rd regular session of the 16th congress at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Monday, July 27, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

3 Mindanao lawmakers shift to Duterte's PDP-Laban

May 24, 2016 - 10:36 PM

Peter Unabia and Mylene Albano of the Liberal Party along with Rogelio Pacquiao take their oath as PDP Laban members

NEW ALLIANCES. Several members of the House of Representatives have deflected to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's PDP-Laban. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

LP lawmakers told: Support PDP-Laban, but stay with party

May 23, 2016 - 6:02 PM

More realignments in the House of Representatives: the National Unity Party reunites with Lakas CMD before entering into a coalition with PDP Laban

'I'm sure Alvarez will be next Speaker' – Belmonte

May 20, 2016 - 9:56 PM

UPDATED He has or will soon have the numbers longtime House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte says of newly elected Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon Alvarez

NPC to form alliance with Duterte's PDP-Laban

May 19, 2016 - 8:30 PM

The Nationalist People s Coalition is the latest political party to express support for the incoming administration of president elect Rodrigo Duterte

COALITION. The Nationalist People's Coalition - the country's second largest political party - is now allied with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan.

Senatorial bets galore on Day 3 of COC filing

Oct 14, 2015 - 9:00 PM

On Wednesday alone 28 senatorial aspirants filed their candidacies along with 20 aspirants for president and 4 for vice president

Marcos is Binay's top choice for VP

Aug 19, 2015 - 10:26 AM

Binay is willing to work with ex rivals to boost a presidential bid that a corruption controversy has weighed down and to consolidate forces opposed to the administration

MOVING ON? Vice President Jejomar Binay explains his preference for Senator Bongbong Marcos as his running mate by saying, 'Let's move on.' File photo

VP Binay condoles with Arroyo at brother's wake

Aug 11, 2015 - 7:08 PM

The Binay camp says the presence of the Vice President at the wake of Art Macapagal – the elder brother of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo – was spontaneous

CONDOLENCES AND PRAYERS. Vice President  Jejomar Binay personally conveys his condolences to former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo at the wake of her brother, Art Macapagal. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Bong Revilla on 2016 bid: 'No law prohibits it'

May 21, 2015 - 2:08 PM

The detained senator says some people have visited him in Camp Crame to discuss his possible 2016 bid

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Not even Cory's son can resist the lure of cha-cha

Aug 20, 2014 - 7:19 PM

President Aquino and the Liberal Party promised to be different from past presidents and ruling parties about pushing for charter change Or so we thought

A HANDFUL OF LP MEN: The Liberal Party opposed Charter Change moves by the Arroyo administration. Senate file photo

Bong Revilla speech not for you – Lakas president

Jun 11, 2014 - 9:00 AM

The Lakas CMD stands by its chairman Senator Ramon Bong Revilla Jr

PARTYMATES. Leyte Rep Ferdinand Martin Romualdez and Senator Ramon

Lakas to remain in minority bloc

May 22, 2013 - 2:37 PM

Fielding Leyte Rep Martin Romualdez to become minority leader Lakas is courting other parties to not join the LP led coalition in the House

Lakas endorses Binay, Gordon, Villar, Villanueva

Apr 17, 2013 - 2:19 PM

Lakas now endorses 10 bets

File photo by Lakas-CMD

Lakas endorses 4 UNA, 2 Team PNoy bets

Apr 10, 2013 - 9:48 PM

The former ruling party will meet again next week to endorse 4 more candidates

Revilla leaves 2016 presidential plans to destiny

Feb 05, 2013 - 6:01 PM

Let s take it one election at a time the senator and new Lakas chairman says

PRESIDENTIAL BET. Lakas-CMD grooms Sen Bong Revilla to become the party standard bearer in 2016. File photo from Revilla's Facebook account.

Lakas 2013: Adopt Senate bets, focus on local races

Feb 05, 2013 - 4:38 PM

Lakas elects Sen Bong Revilla as party chairman and Leyte Rep Ferdinand Martin Romualdez as president

Lakas eyes Bong Revilla for 2016

Jan 30, 2013 - 6:31 PM

The senator with an amulet will most likely win says an ally

Lakas-CMD: Relevant for how long?

Oct 02, 2012 - 7:55 AM

It s an old story the highs and lows of Lakas as a political party

THE NEW LAKAS: The remaining Lakas members consolidated its members in June 2012 (Photo from

GMA’s party not aligning with Binay

Apr 27, 2012 - 5:20 PM

Lakas CMD Spokesperson Raul Lambino denies reports that Arroyo s party is supporting the UNA senatorial ticket in 2013