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Lakas, Kampi set merger talking points

The administration parties Lakas Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) and Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (Kampi) have identified 12 issues that need to be resolved before they could pursue the merger, a Lakas official said.

Lakas senior deputy secretary general Gabriel Caludio said he met with Kampi President Luis Villafuerte on Tuesday, during which Villafuerte identified the 12 points.

“I concur with the relevance or need to resolve most, if not all these issues,” Claudio said in a text message without elaborating.

“[It is] better to tackle issues now rather than force a merger only to find out later that all we have is a facade of a merger and an erupting volcano underneath,” said Claudio, whom the President named as head of the committee that will pursue the union.

Claudio is also Arroyo’s political adviser.

During the meeting, Claudio said the members of the unification committee were also named -- Cabinet Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Quezon City Representative Arthur Defensor, Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos and former congressman Prospero Pichay on the Lakas side, and Sorsogon Representative Jose Solis, Cebu Representative Pablo Garcia, Surigao del Norte Representative Francisco Matugas, and Manila Representative Amado Bagatsing on the Kampi side. (inquirer.net)

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