Candidates under alleged ‘bogus’ PDP-Laban likely to face complaints

Marje Pelayo   •   December 3, 2018   •   4921

FILE PHOTO: PDP-Laban President Senator Aquilino Pimentel III

MANILA, Philippines – PDP-Laban President Senator Aquilino Pimentel III said they are studying the possibility of filing a case to those who will insist on running using the name of the ruling party, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) recently declared the group of Senator Pimentel and President Rodrigo Duterte as the legitimate one.

Twenty-eight regions have been affected when a ‘breakaway’ group launched a campaign using the name PDP-Laban.

Pimentel said this will also have a negative implication on the winning candidate under the ‘bogus’ group.

“If they insist on campaigning , sabihin ganun, they are actually deceiving the people already. So meron ng political issue, gagamitin nila for deceiving the electorate and possible criminal case,” Pimentel said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

Senator Pimentel on possible raps over his ‘breach of COVID-19 protocol’: I will respond in due time

Robie de Guzman   •   March 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Friday said he is ready to face and will respond in due time to charges reportedly being prepared against him in line with his visit to the Makati Medical Center (MMC) while he was under investigation for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Pimentel said he will respond to the allegation after reading and comparing with what is in the law.

“We are in an entirely new environment where everything is in a state of flux. I believe even the so-called protocols have changed over time. Everything will be clarified in due time,” he said.

Former University of Makati Law Dean Rico Quicho said he and his associates are looking to file charges against Pimentel, who tested positive for COVID-19.

Quicho said they are determined to pursue charges against the senator for allegedly breaking the home quarantine protocol and unduly exposing MMC hospital personnel to possible infection.

He also expressed hope that the MMC would eventually press charges against Pimentel even if it has released a statement wanting to move forward from the issue.

“We respect MMC’s decision to just focus on the fight against COVID 19. We, on the other hand, will also do our part in making sure that our frontliners are protected from not just the virus but also against the abuses of those in power,” he said.

Quicho said they are planning to charge the senator for violating Section 9 of the Republic Act 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act, which states that “(d) Non-cooperation of persons and entities that should report and/or respond to notifiable diseases or health events of public concern; and (e) Non-cooperation of the person or entities identified as having the notifiable disease, or affected by the health event of public concern.”

Violators of the law may face fine of P20,000 to P50,000 or a jail term of one to six months.

Quicho said Pimentel could also face suspension or revocation of his civil service eligibility, as well as disbarment for his actions.

“Naiintindihan po natin ang pag-aalala ng isang expectant father who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19. But as a father, more so a public servant, he should also know the virtue in sacrifice, lalo na’t maraming buhay ang nadamay at maraming frontliners ang na-expose. His selfish act led to the quarantine of a whole department and greatly handicapped critical medical services,” he said.

Justice Secretary Menard Guevarra earlier assured that they will act upon the filing of a proper complaint by any interested party against Pimentel, and that they will “temper the rigor of the law with human compassion as people are prone to commit violations during abnormal times.

But Quicho scored the Department of Justice’s “indifference” on Pimentel’s case, saying the senator clearly violated the protocol of home quarantine.

“Hindi naman tayo papayag sa pinakitang indifference ng DOJ. Lalo natin dapat palakasin complaint natin. Malinaw na may paglabag si Koko sa mga batas. Hindi dahilan ang excitement para expose ang madaming tao at mga medical practitioners sa kapahamakan,” he said.

“Anong human compassion? Libu-libo hinuhuli on the spot for violation of enhanced community quarantine. Kasi nga kailangan social distancing,” he added. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

Senator Koko Pimentel tests positive for COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   March 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Wednesday confirmed he has tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a statement, Pimentel said he underwent a swab test last Friday, March 20 and was informed of the result on Tuesday night, March 24.

“Since the last day of session, March 11, 2020, I had already tried my best to limit my movement. I will call (to the best of my ability) those I remember meeting during those crucial days so that I can inform them of my test result,” he said.

He added that he has put himself under quarantine as advised by his physician, and assured he is following the protocol.

“I feel I am, with God’s help, on the way to recovery,” he said.

He has asked for prayers, especially for his wife who is currently pregnant.

“I would like to ask for your prayers, especially for my wife Kath, who is about to give birth in the next few days to our first baby girl, and with whom I cannot be at the very important point in our lives as parents,” he said.

The senator also called on the public to continue observing social distancing rules, proper hygiene, and obey the measures being implemented by the government to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

“I also urge all of us to observed the social distancing, enhanced community quarantine measures, washing of hands and personal hygiene being implemented because they are the best strategies to beat this disease at this time,” he said.

“I have faith that together we can overcome these challenging times,” he added.

He also expressed gratitude for all medical workers in the country who are putting their lives at risk on daily basis to bring a halt to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“They are the true heroes in this fight,” he said.

Pimentel is the second senator to test positive for the virus after Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri confirmed on March 16 confirmed that he contracted coronavirus.

Former Senator Nene Pimentel in ICU – PDP-Laban

Robie de Guzman   •   October 14, 2019

Former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr.

MANILA, Philippines – Former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. is currently in an intensive care unit (ICU) of a hospital, an official from his political party, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) confirmed Monday.

In a message posted on Twitter, PDP-Laban spokesperson Ron Munsayac appealed for prayers for the ailing senator.

“We are humbly asking our friends and partymates in the @PDPLABAN to pray for the full & speedy recovery of our founder and Chairman Emeritus Tatay Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel, Jr. who is currently in the ICU,” he said in his post.

His son, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, said in a message to reporters that his father is “very ill”and is “currently under treatment,” but did not provide further details.

“Doctors and hospital staff are doing their best to help him. We ardently ask that you join us in prayer for his full and complete recovery,” he said.

The 85-year old former lawmaker rose to national prominence in 1971 when he was elected as delegate to the Constitutional Convention representing Misamis Oriental.

In 1982, he founded the PDP-Laban to oppose the then-ruling Kilusang Bagong Lipunan of former President Ferdinand Marcos.

He was senator from 1987 to 1992 and again from 1998 to 2010. He served as Senate president from 2000 to 2001, and as Senate minority leader from 2001 to 2002, and 2004 to 2010.

During his time in the Senate, he authored and sponsored several key pieces of legislation including the Local Government Code of 1991, the Cooperative Code, the Philippine Sports Commission Act, among others.

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