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PDP-Laban is for President Duterte and whoever he picks to be his running mate in 2022 — official

The ruling PDP-Laban is for President Rodrigo Duterte and its members will not preempt him in selecting his running mate for the 2022 elections, a high-ranking official of the party said.

PDP-Laban acting secretary-general Atty. Melvin Matibag had this to say on Saturday after Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III lauded Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio for supposedly “rejecting” to join her father’s political party.

“Kudos to Mayor Sara Duterte for rejecting the idea of hijacking the PDP-LABAN offered to her by rogue elements in the party. This shows us that she is a principled individual who may be interested in strengthening the party system here in our country,” Pimentel wrote in a social media post.

“Kudos to Mayor Sarah Duterte for rejecting the idea of hijacking the PDP LABAN offered to her by rogue elements in the party. This shows us that she is a principled individual who may be interested in strengthening the party system here in our country.. https://t.co/ChWYFySzJ9

— Senator Koko Pimentel (@senkokopimentel) June 4, 2021

…”The PDP LABAN will field homegrown candidates as we are not lacking in talent. Hence we do not need to import personalities. We have our party ideology to guide us”.

— Senator Koko Pimentel (@senkokopimentel) June 4, 2021

President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter, however, said she intends to stay in her own political party, the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), and has no plan on transferring to another party without particularly mentioning PDP-Laban.

To recall, the PDP-Laban National Council last week adopted a resolution “convincing” the Chief Executive to run for vice president in the next polls.

The resolution also grants Mr. Duterte the leeway to choose his choice of president who will be his running mate.

Matibag countered Pimentel and said “real rogue elements” were not the party members who the lawmaker assumed to be asking Duterte-Carpio to migrate to PDP-Laban, but those who are “using their legislative privilege and immunity to attack a party-mate not aligned with their selfish political interests.”

“This small minority should start thinking if they are really for PDP-Laban, the political party which was strengthened by Pres. Duterte,” Matibag told Daily Tribune.

“Those who refuse to accept that PDP-Laban is for President Duterte,” he added.

He also criticized certain members who have been seemingly criticizing Mr. Duterte, who is PDP-Laban’s national chairman.

“They’ve all been singing the same tune with the opposition against the President for quite some time now,” he noted.

The official added that these “rogue members” should better stop with their tirade, otherwise “ship out.”

Although Matibag did not specifically give a name, last month, however, key officials of PDP-Laban Bulacan Chapter charged Senator Manny Pacquiao, the party’s acting president, of “disloyalty” and for committing “other acts inimical to the party.”

In their petition, they called out Pacquiao’s statement as “critical and disparaging against the leadership of Duterte” following the latter’s statement on the West Philippine Sea issue.

Aside from this, Pacquiao also “strongly advised” PDP-Laban members to “ignore” party vice-chairman and Energy secretary Alfonso Cusi’s call for a national council meeting, saying that he did not authorize it.

Pacquiao, however, was rebuffed by some 130 of the 159 members of the party when they joined the meeting held in Cebu physically and virtually.

His capacity to act as party president was also questioned as he was not affirmed by the majority since he took over the post from Pimentel, the resigned former party president.

Pacquiao also hit Cusi for the power outages and reiterated that there was wisdom in not holding the assembly and that Cusi should have focused work on the energy sector.

Cusi, in response, said there were factors that are beyond the control of the Energy department but assured that the government will look into the cause of the outages.

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