Duterte, Pacquiao meet at Malacañang; ‘renew friendship’

Maris Federez   •   November 11, 2021   •   814

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte met with Senator Manny Pacquiao Tuesday night at the Malacañang Palace, and the two patched things up.

Senator Bong Go who was also present during the meeting called it a “renewal of friendship” between the two.

Go said Pacquiao’s camp reached out to them first and requested the meeting.

Pacquiao’s camp confirmed this through a Viber message to reporters on Wednesday.

“It is a meeting between national leaders who discussed certain matters related to people’s interest and Mindanao development, specifically infrastructure and power industry,” Pacquiao’s staff told reporters.

Go said it was just a quick meeting and nothing political.

“Kamustahan lang. Maikli na usapan. Renewal of friendship. Walang politika. Important nagkausap sila ni PRRD. Kami naman Manny, kaibigan naman kami ni kumpare,” Go said.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque also confirmed the Duterte-Pacquiao meeting in a separate statement Wednesday night, saying the meeting was “short and cordial”.

“There was no talk of politics but a renewal of friendship. More importantly, it was a meeting between two national leaders from Mindanao,” Roque said.

It can be recalled that Duterte and Pacquiao have thrown verbal punches at each other early this year causing a major rift between the two that led to the division of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) into two factions — the Pacquiao-wing and the Cusi-wing on the side of the President. —/mbmf

Cusi-led PDP-LABAN wing adopts Sara Duterte as VP bet

Robie de Guzman   •   January 21, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The PDP-Laban faction led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi on Friday said it has adopted Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio as its vice presidential candidate for the May 2022 national elections.

In a statement, the PDP-Laban wing said it is already finalizing the terms of its alliance agreement with Lakas-CMD party, which is chaired by Mayor Sara.

“The decision to adopt Mayor Sara has been made by the PDP-Laban National Executive Committee based on her credentials, advocacies, and vision for our nation,” the group said.

“Based on these, the PDP-Laban has decided that the quality of her advocacies and vision are strongly aligned with that of the party,” it added.

The group also said that Sara Duterte-Carpio’s leadership and track record “make her most qualified for the position she is now aspiring for and therefore deserves the party’s support.”

It also expressed its belief that Sara’s election to the vice presidency “will help ensure the continuity of the vital programs of the current administration.”

Sara Duterte-Carpio and the Lakas-CMD have yet to issue a statement on the matter.

While it adopted Mayor Sara, the Cusi-led faction left out her running mate, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

The group said it is still in the process of evaluating who among the presidential candidates would best continue the programs of the Duterte administration.

It will also consider President Rodrigo Duterte’s personal pick for president in deciding who to support for the presidency, it added.


Cusi-led PDP-Laban wing asks COMELEC to reopen COC filing period, postpone printing of ballots

Robie de Guzman   •   December 31, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The PDP-Laban faction led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi on Friday said it has asked the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to reopen the period for the filing of the certificate of candidacy (COC) for the 2022 national and local elections.

In a statement, the group said it has filed a petition urging the reopening of the COC filing as the poll body cannot yet print official ballots due to pending petitions.

The party filed the petition more than a month after the deadline for the COC filing lapsed on November 15.

“The party believes that the COMELEC should re-open and allow the filing of COC’s for National and Local candidates in view of the fact that it cannot, and should not, proceed with printing of ballots for the 2022 elections while several cases affecting candidates and party-lists are still pending before it”, said Atty. Melvin Matibag, Secretary General of PDP Laban said.

The PDP-Laban has no candidate for president in next year’s polls.

In its petition, the PDP-Laban wing said it did not have enough time “to remedy the political vacuum” that was created by the withdrawal of Senator Ronald dela Rosa’s candidacy for president.

Dela Rosa’s candidacy appeared to be a last-minute decision of the group.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s former aide and now Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go initially filed his candidacy for vice president under the PDP-Laban but later ditched the bid after presidential daughter, Davao Mayor Sara Duterte filed her COC for vice president.

Go then filed his COC for president via substitution under Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan, which is an ally of the PDP-Laban. Go, in the end, withdrew his election bid.

“We are asking the COMELEC to review its self-imposed deadlines in the interest of the electorate. This petition will benefit everyone and should be intently considered by the Commission,” he added.

COMELEC earlier said it is still resolving petitions, including the ones questioning the candidacy of Bongbong Marcos.

The poll body is looking to finalize and release the official list of candidates for 2022 polls on January 7, 2022, and start the printing of ballots by January 12.

PDDS confident Go won’t withdraw candidacy

Maris Federez   •   November 26, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — Partido ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS) national adviser Butch Belgica is confident presidential aspirant Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go will not back out of the race.

Belgica believes Go will not abandon the party as their standard-bearer in the 2022 national and local polls.

“Hindi po niya gagawin yun, iisipin po niya ang kapakanan ng taumbayan,” Belgica said.

He added that, as support to Go, the party is set to adopt Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio as its vice-presidential bet.

“Basta kami Bong Go-Sara Duterte sa vice president and adopting all PDP-Laban senators and allied groups,” Belgica added.

Go’s camp also said that they are not at all bothered by the move of the four big political parties of forging alliance agreement to support the candidacy of former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos and Mayor Sara, expressing confidence in its own political alliances. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)


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