Monday, March 29, 2010

Lakas-Kampi-CMD show force in Sulu

Some 15,000 people paraded Monday, March 29, 2010 in Jolo town in Sulu province during the proclamation rally of the ruling political coalition Lakas-Kampi-CMD headed by Governor Sakur Tan, who is seeking reelection in the forthcoming May general elections. Tan is campaigning for former defense chief Gilberto Teodoro who is running for the presidency, and his vice presidential candidate Edu Manzano. The proclamation rally is the biggest so far in Sulu’s political history. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)

SULU, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Mar. 29, 2010) – Some 15,000 people paraded Monday in the southern Philippine province of Sulu in a show of force in the proclamation rally of the President Gloria arroyo’s political coalition Lakas-Kampi-CMD.

Sulu Governor Sakur Tan, the local coalition chairman, led the rally and vowed support to the government’s candidates headed by former defense chief Gilberto Teodoro who is running for president in the May national and local polls.

Tan, who is seeking reelection, also introduced his official slate with Abdel Anni as his running mate. Most of Tan’s candidates are veteran politicians and incumbent officials whose track records have been proven in the past.

“Let us continue what we have started – peace and order and economy and development and progress of this beautiful province – remain our top priority. Let’s all unite for peace and progress and future of Sulu,” Tan, a known philanthropist, told cheering supporters.

He also campaigned for Teodoro and Manzano and the coalition candidates for the Senate and Congress. The proclamation rally, attended by various civil society groups and various peoples’ organizations, was so far the largest in Sulu’s political history.

Supporters of Tan estimated the crowd to be 15,000-20,000 who paraded around the capital town of Jolo. Hundreds of residents also lined up the streets to welcome the rally.

“If elections are to be held today, the whole slate of Lakas-Kampi-CMD will win hands down – from the presidential candidate down to the municipal council. Governor Tan, in his three years as our leader, brought us progress and development,” said Amir Sakandal, a trader.

Filipinos are to choose their new leaders in the first ever automated elections in May 10. (Mindanao Examiner)

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