GLORIA ARROYO JOINS LAKAS
Malacanang, Jan. 23, 1998 - Senator Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo yesterday took her oath as new member of LAKAS, formalizing the merger of her party KAMPI with the ruling coalition LAKAS-NUCD-UMDP. Senator Arroyo was also officially named vice presidential running mate of Speaker Jose de Venecia.
A Declaration of Merger was signed by President Ramos as Lakas national chairman, Lakas secretary-general Jose de Venecia and KAMPI president Arroyo.
The parties pledged to combine the strengths of their organizations and pool their resources in order to emerge victorious in the national and local elections in May.
De Venecia and Arroyo expressed confidence that together, they would be able to overcome the current economic and financial crises facing the nation.
"Our team will continue to work together to overcome this. I had this factor in mind before I made the decision to merge with LAKAS. I prayed over this decision," Arroyo said.
Both known as economists, De Venecia and Arroyo vowed to provide the people with more blessings. They pledged to place God in every home, food on every table, a diploma in every house and a roof over one's head.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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