Pacquiao, Velasco assume PDP-Laban top posts

Marje Pelayo   •   December 3, 2020   •   213

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Manny Pacquiao was sworn in as president of the country’s ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) on Wednesday night (December 2).

Meanwhile, House Speaker Allan Velasco also took his oath as the party’s new executive vice president. 

This was confirmed by the PDP-Laban executive director Ron Munsayac on Twitter.

“Let’s welcome our new PDP-Laban party president Sen. Manny Pacquiao & EVP Speaker Lord Velasco!” Munsayac said.

Pacquiao replaced Senator Koko Pimentel who is now the executive vice chairman.

The 41-year-old Pacquiao will end his first term as senator in 2022.

Palace: Pacquiao embodies Filipino spirit

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 21, 2019

Philippine boxing legend, Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao | Courtesy: Reuters

Malacañang congratulates Senator Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao for defending his WBA welterweight belt against Keith Thurman on Sunday (July 21).

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Pacquiao made the whole country proud. Pacquiao won in a split decision and knocked down Thurman in the first round.

“Pacquiao’s victory is not only his, but of the entire nation. As such, the Palace is one in rejoicing with the Filipino people as the Pambansang Kamao once again puts the flag above the pedestal with his display of tenacity and courage,” he said.

Meanwhile other lawmakers have sent their congratulations to the Pambansang Kamao.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) also joins the Filipino people in celebrating Pacquiao’s victory.

“We share the triumph of our People’s Champ with every Filipino who cheered and pray for this latest honor for the country,” according to their statement. “Senator Pacquiao not only brought honor and glory to the country but also inspired many Filipinos to excel in their work.”—AAC (With reports from Lea Ylagan, Rosalie Coz, Harlene Delgado, Grace Casin)

PDP-Laban endorses Velasco as House Speaker bet

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 26, 2019

Lord Allan Velasco

Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) has endorsed Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco as speaker of the House of Representatives.

Senator Manny Pacquiao announced Wednesday morning (June 26) that they signed a manifesto of support for Velasco as House Speaker.

“I am therefore announcing  the endorsement of support of PDP laban of Congressman Lord Allan Velasco as speaker of the House of Representatives in the whole term of 18th Congress,” he said.

The senator clarified that President Rodrigo Duterte was not involved in choosing their candidate for the position.

PDP-Laban’s Executive Vice President Congressman Aurelio Dong Gonzales said they finalized the manifesto on June 23, with 60 out of the 84 members signing.

Meanwhile, Velasco is humbled by the endorsement of PDP-Laban. In a statement, he said the endorsement inspired him to work harder

“If elected speaker of the 18th Congress as representative of the single most dominant party in Congress and the political party of President Rodrigo Duterte, I assure them that I will remain a consultative and a listening leader, who welcomes his fellow lawmakers regardless of their political colors and affiliations,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Grace Casin)

Pacquiao meets with Duterte on House speakership issue

Maris Federez   •   June 14, 2019

(L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Manny Pacquiao | Courtesy : Sen. Manny Pacquiao’s Facebook page (March 28, 2018)

Senator Manny Pacquiao held a private meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday evening in General Santos City.

Here the two officials discussed about the ongoing Speakership tussle among three aspirants within the ruling PDP Laban party.

It is still uncertain, however, whether or not the Senator was able to convince the President to pick from their three party-mates the one who will start leading the House of Representatives next month.

Pacquiao is scheduled to fly to Los Angeles on Saturday for the continuation of his training camp for his upcoming welterweight championship showdown with Keith Thurman on July 20.

Senator-elect Bong Go was with the President in his meeting with Senator Pacquiao.

“Consult sino PDP candidate sa Speaker. Sabi ni boss (Duterte), he will get back to Pacman in the coming days and mag usap lang sila,” Go said.

Go added that it was Pacquiao who consulted President Duterte on the speakership issue.

Go said that the President promised Pacquiao that he will come up with his decision by next week.

Last Tuesday, Reps. Lord Allan Velasco (Marinduque), Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales (Pampanga), and former House Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez (Davao del Norte) held a close-door meeting at Senator Pacquiao’s residence in Dasmariñas Village.

This is to decide among themselves the candidate of the party for the House Speakership. The three, however, failed to reach a consensus.

Palace Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, however, reiterated on Thursday that the President will not meddle in the selection of the next House Speaker.

“The President will not interfere. He never endorsed,” Panelo added. /mbmf

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