MANILA, APRIL 22, 2013 (ABS-CBN) Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez is likely to be elected president of the opposition Lakas-Christian and Muslim Democrats.

Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. is expected to be elected as party chairman.

House of Representatives Minority Leader Danilo Suarez said yesterday the party will hold a meeting at the Fairways Function Room of the Manila Golf and Country Club in Makati today to finalize the nomination and election of new leaders.

Maguindanao Rep. Simeon Datumanong, a vice-chairman of the Lakas-CMD, said they reached a consensus to elect Romualdez to replace Revilla.

“Based on our agreement, we will elect Congressman Romualdez as new Lakas-CMD president and elect Revilla as the party’s chairman,” he said.

Datumanong said Romualdez was the “most logical choice” for the post as he is a “young, dynamic and talented leader that can push the party’s interests.”

“Senator Revilla will be promoted chairman and Congressman Romualdez will take his present post,” he said.

Romualdez is also expected to replace Suarez, who will “graduate” from the House of Representatives.

Lakas endorses 4 more senatorial bets ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 04/17/2013 6:03 PM | Updated as of 04/17/2013 6:03 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- The Lakas-Christian and Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) on Wednesday named four more senatorial candidates that the party will support in the upcoming May 13 polls.

The party endorsed Nancy Binay and former Senator Richard 'Dick' Gordon from the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), former Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar from Team PNoy, and Eddie Villanueva, the lone candidate of Bangon Pilipinas Party.

Lakas-CMD endorsed last week Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo 'Sonny' Angara and Grace Poe from Team PNoy, and Zambales Rep. Milagros 'Mitos' Magsaysay, San Juan City Rep. JV Ejercito, Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile and re-electionist Senator Gringo Honasan, who are all running under UNA.

House Deputy Minority Leader and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, president of Lakas-CMD, said they have been chosen based on their competence as “congressional leaders and championing people’s interests, especially in showing sympathy and extending assistance” to the constituents of Lakas-CMD members whose districts had been hit by natural disasters.

Meanwhile, the decision regarding the two more senatorial bets the party will support will be left to the party's local candidates.

The leadership of Lakas-CMD has recommended the endorsement of former Tarlac Governor Margarita 'Tingting' Cojuangco, former Senator Miguel 'Migz' Zubiri and former Senate President Ernesto Maceda from UNA, and re-electionist Senator Loren Legarda of Team PNoy. -- Report from Jon Ibañez, dzMM; With The Philippine Star

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