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Poll body asked: Nullify Lakas-Kampi merger

Posted on: July 21, 2009

Poll body asked: Nullify Lakas-Kampi merger

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 12:18:00 07/21/2009

Filed Under: Politics, Elections, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines — Former House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to nullify the merger of Lakas-CMD and Kampi into one national political party for the 2010 elections.

The three-way merger earlier this year consolidates the administration parties Lakas ng Tao-National Union of Christian Democrats (Lakas-NUCD), United Christian Muslims Democrats (Lakas-CMD), and the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (Kampi).

Last week, Commissioners Nicodemo Ferrer and Lucenito Tagle of the poll body’s second division told INQUIRER.net the commission’s approval of the merger is “highly possible” as all requirements have been submitted and no objections were made during the hearings.

“There was no national assembly for the decision to merge Lakas with Kampi. There was no formal convention of all leaders nationwide but only a very informal gathering on March 10,” said De Venecia in his 20-page petition to the Comelec.

De Venecia said the Lakas CMD national directorate convened at Manila, proposed and approved amendments of the constitution and by-laws without actually taking a vote, “and effected without any process of election, the reorganization of new officers.”

The former House Speaker added a merger of parties is a function of the party’s national assembly, which according to the Lakas Kampi constitution is the party’s highest policy-making and governing body. Without the national assembly, the merger is null and void, he said.

Asked to comment on this, Comelec chairman Jose Melo said the poll body will study the merits of De Venecia’s petition.

“This is almost similar the Liberal party problem of who has the power of leadership for the party. I think De Venecia should appear during the hearings for the accreditation so he can air his concerns. It is up to the Second Division to decide on,” said Melo.

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