Strong parties, strong House

September 04, 2019

Representative democracy is made stronger, more meaningful when minority parties thrive in the spirit of pro-active engagement of the majority in Congress.

A vibrant political party dynamics is a vital sign of a healthy House.

Anyway, partisan political advocacies historically take the backseat as a full House yield to the primacy of the people’s agenda.

After all, they don’t call it the chamber “where the people rule” for nothing.

The important thing is, House leaders stand firmly behind not only the Duterte administration’s socio-economic goals but also the national agenda.

Indeed, intra-party solidification and national objective realization are not mutually exclusive. In fact, both can be mutually reinforcing.

Thus, the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats is continuing to boost its ranks in the House of Representatives with the addition of two congressmen as new members and the signing of five party-list lawmakers as allies of the once-ruling party.

This was announced by House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez following the oath-taking of Deputy Majority Leader and Zamboanga Sibugay Rep. Wilter “Sharky” Wee Palma II and Catanduanes Rep. Hector Sanchez Monday night at former president and speaker Gloria Arroyo’s residence at La Vista Subdivision in Quezon City.

“Lakas-CMD is open for new members, and we will continue to strengthen our political influence nationwide,” said Romualdez, the party president, stressing that it is normal for any political party to solidify and work on building its dominance.

Palma, who bolted from the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan, cited the Lakas-CMD’s reform, concrete achievements, and proven capacity to lead the political arena on his decision to join the party.

“I feel at home here, especially with the competent leadership of House Majority Leader Romualdez,” Palma said.

Sanchez, an independent ex-governor who was a former member of Lakas-National Union of Christian Democrats more than two decades ago, cited the “coherent and workable” leadership of Romualdez for its members in returning to his previous political party.

In the same event, Tingog party-list Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt Romualdez, Anakalusugan party-list Rep. Mike Defensor, Ako Bisaya party-list Rep. Sonny Lagon, Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Alfredo Garbin, and Alona party-list Rep. Ana Marie Villaraza-Suarez were declared “Lakas-CMD allies” after signing the “Declaration of Alliance for Unity and Progress” with the party to further support the legislative agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte and Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.