AS a staunch ally of President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte, Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) President Martin Romualdez on Tuesday assured Communist Party of China top officials that they would achieve their goals and mutual interests for the Philippines’ and China’s greater progress.
In his speech before the Neighborhood Party Talk to Implement the President’s Consensus to Promote China-Philippines Friendship and Banquet held at the Makati Shangrila Hotel in Makati City, Romualdez made a commitment to the representatives of the Communist Party of China led by Minister Song Tau and Hon. Sun Haiyan that his Lakas-CMD will work on further strengthening the Philippine-China relations.
”With confidence we declare, the LAKAS-CMD Party stands in solidarity with the Communist Party of China in the realization of our shared values, advancement of both our local and national goals, and the continuation of developmental programs across our nations,” Romualdez, who was endorsed by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte as the Speaker of the incoming 18th Congress, told the crowd.
“We move forward with pride and confidence, knowing that we are walking with one of the most progressive and crucial movers in the Asian region,” said Romualdez. “I am deeply honored to be invited here. As the President of the Lakas-CMD Party, we proudly accept the invitation of the Communist Party of China to become partners for change all for the betterment of the Filipino society.”
The event was also attended by representatives from the Nacionalista Party of former Senate President Manny Villar led by incoming Las Piñas City Rep. Camille Villar and Deputy Speaker and Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu; the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) vice chairman and Energy Sec. Alfonso Cusi and PDP Laban Vice President for International Affairs and Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) Administrator/CEO Raul Lambino; Atty. Melvin Matibag; and representative from the Party List Coalition Foundation Inc. led by COOP-NATCCO Rep. Anthony Bravo.
Romualdez welcomed the “challenge of H.E. Song Tau, Minister of the IDCP, to rise to our ranks as district representatives by overseeing the implementation of the Presidents’ Consensus to Promote China-Philippine Friendship.”
“The relationship between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of the Philippines go way back to the 9th century when the first ethnic Chinese sailed to the Philippines and interacted with our locals. We share many cultures and traditions up to this very day, as shown by our strong Filipino-Chinese Community. Given our long history, it is only right and just that we give our full cooperation in the governance of our countries in order to foster a peaceful and more progressive Southeast Asian region,” Romualdez recalled.
Romualdez cited President Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build” program to propel further developments in the countryside.
“President Duterte’s administration is the golden age for infrastructure in the Philippines, with the Build Build Build program of the government. In simple terms, this program translates to more roads, more bridges, ports and airports being put in place in order to complement the One Belt, One Road initiative of the CPC to the benefit of not only our own countries in Southeast Asia, but to the entire Asian continent,” said Romualdez.
“Lakas-CMD, as an ally of the President will continue to support his programs by cooperating with the executive department to ensure the smooth and fast delivery of these infrastructure projects and the completion of these programs,” Romualdez said.
“Despite the effective and mutually beneficial cooperation between China and the Philippines, our relationship has still met few criticisms and adverse opinions, opinions that Lakas-CMD believes will change when our people experience the inevitable benefits from the strong friendship that both our countries have cultivated,” he said.
“As officials of some of the most renowned political parties in Philippine politics, we are given the distinct responsibility to ensure the seamless integration and cohesion of policies that will cater to the deepening of ties between our counterparts in the Communist Party of China,” Romualdez ended.