PDP-Laban expels Cusi, 2 others; supports Pacquiao in ‘crackdown’ vs party charter violators

Maris Federez   •   July 9, 2021   •   1337

MANILA, Philippines — The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban) has expelled party vice chairman and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, deputy secretary-general Melvin Matibag, and membership committee head Astra Naik.

In a statement, PDP-Laban said the officials were expelled from the party for violating its constitution by showing allegiance to a political party apart from them.

It added that three resolutions were issued in response to a manifesto signed by more than 10,000 grassroots members of the PDP Laban which condemned “this systematic and underhanded effort by some party newcomers and a handful of party officers to sabotage the present leadership, so they may advance a political movement that is against the best interest of our beloved party.”

The statement said the expulsion of Cusi, Matibag, and Naik was explained in Resolution No.6 issued by Party President Sen. Manny Pacquiao and the PDP Laban National Executive Committee (NEC).

The Resolution, dated June 12, 2021, formally removed Cusi, Matibag, and Naik from the party for violation of Article VII Section 6 of the Party Constitution which specifically prohibits members from maintaining any allegiance to another political party.

“Vice Chairman Cusi is already manipulating the party to support the Duterte-Duterte tandem which is a blatant admission of supporting Sara Duterte Carpio for President, who is not a member of the Party. He is guilty of having allegiance to a candidate and her political ideals and party,” the resolution stated.

PDP-Laban members “were likewise directed to cease and desist from following, supporting, or giving legitimacy to any directive, resolution, notices, communications, or actions of Vice-Chairman Alfonso Cusi, Ms. Astra Naik, and Atty. Melvin Matibag related to or derived and resulting from the aforementioned acts and the meeting held on May 31, 2021,” the resolution said.

Resolution No. 4 was also issued by the NEC authorizing Pacquiao to “direct, organize, create and appoint investigation committees from the National Committees” to deal with complaints and information regarding certain officers and members of the party who may have violated the Party Constitution or may have committed acts inimical to the Party by showing allegiance to another Party.

“There is a need for PDP-Laban to take appropriate actions by reason of the exigencies brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and the unauthorized and illegal acts committed by some of its officers and members with the insidious purpose of illegally wresting control over the Party by violating the Party Constitution, violating the law, sowing confusion, fostering friction, creating a divide within the Party and showing allegiance to another party,” the resolution stated.

Resolution No. 5, on the other hand, was issued to declare the nullity of the March 31, 2021 meeting and the scheduled July 17, 2021 assembly of the PDP Laban National Council that was called upon by Cusi and Matibag, the statement said.

The resolution reiterated that Cusi does not have the power to call for a National Council meeting because Article XVII Section 1 of their Constitution provides “that only the President of the party is authorized to sign documents on behalf of the National Council and the Party.”

Meanwhile, Deputy Secretary-General Melvin Matibag has also issued a statement on this recent development.

“I don’t wanna give credence to their actions. They don’t have any authority to discipline National Officers. It’s just a way for them to hype their status in the media. We will just see them in the National Council and National Assembly. These two are the highest governing bodies of the PDP Laban,” Matibag said.

“The committee of Senator Manny Pacquiao is irrelevant. July 17 National Assembly will be the day of their reckoning. We encourage them to challenge the actions of the National Assembly. Legally speaking, they don’t have any fighting chance,” he added. —/mbmf

PDP-Laban Cusi-wing meets with Mayor Sara

Maris Federez   •   October 25, 2021


The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) Cusi-wing on Monday met with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

In his Facebook post, Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa can be seen with Mayor Sara in the hallway of the Davao City Hall.

Dela Rosa did not elaborate what transpired during their meeting, but in an interview with UNTV News, the party’s presidential bet said he just reminded the young Duterte that the deadline for the substitution of candidates is drawing near.

“I just reminded her that Nov. 15 is fast approaching,” Senator Bato said.

November 15 is the last day for the filing of substitution of candidates in any position in the 2022 National and Local Elections.

Mayor Sara, meanwhile, confirmed the said meeting but did not give any detail.

Yes ma-confirm nako ang post ni Senator Dela Rosa ang iyahang Facebook post na dunay siyay picture nga gi-post. ma-confirm nako na diri na nahitabo sa akoang opisina alas-onse sa udto,” Mayor Sara said in the local dialect.

[Translation: Yes I can confirm ang post ni Senator dela Rosa, ang kanyang Facebook post na picture. I can confirm na dito ‘yan nangyari sa opisina ko kaninang alas-onse ng tanghali.]

Prior to meeting with Senator Bato, Mayor Sara also met presidential aspirant Bong-Bong Marcos in Cebu on Saturday (October 23) during the birthday of Congresswoman Yedda Romualdez, the wife of House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

No frontrunner yet among presidential candidates — analyst

Maris Federez   •   October 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —No frontrunner has yet emerged among the 2022 presidential aspirants, according to political analyst Professor Ramon Casiple.

With the campaign season still yet to start, Casiple said no clear platform has been laid down so far by any of the candidates.

Casiple also noted that even Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte’s initial declaration not to join the presidential race still cannot be considered as a final decision of the local chief executive. Not until the deadline for the substitution of candidates which is on November 15.

“Alam mo naman sa pulitika wala namang usapang tapos,” he said.

Meanwhile, presidential aspirants have started going out of their way to visit places as a prelude to the election campaign period.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno went to Barangay Banaba in Tarlac City Thursday with his running mate Dr. Willie Ong and the senatorial slate of the Aksyon Demokratiko.

Moreno held a dialogue with a farmer group and presented to them his plans to use government lands nationwide for their benefit, as well as the fisherfolks, in case he wins the elections.

“Naisip ko hindi ako totosgas. Hindi na ako gagastos para bumili ng lupa. Ang gagastusan ko na lang magtatag ako ng cold storage facility para sa dalawang industriya. Gulay tinanong mo, isasabay ko na dito ang isda,” Moreno said.

Labor leader Leody de Guzman, meanwhile, will also focus on the agricultural sector.

He said that, although he doesn’t have the machinery in running his candidacy, he is still hoping for the support of the farmers come election day.

“Buong Pilipinas yan. Forty-five million yan. May 11 million na magsasaka at yan rin ang pangunahing paglilingkuran. Plano ko na buhusan ng pondo ang ating magsasaka at mangingisda para tiyakin yung food security o availablity ng pagkain,” de Guzman said.

Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban Cusi Wing) presidential bet Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa, on the other hand, said he will push for the amendment of the Constitution, particularly its economic provisions.

He said he will advocate for a more welcoming business climate in the country that will encourage foreign investments.

“Yung restrictive economic provisions sa ating Constitution ay dadagdagan natin ng phrase na ‘unless otherwise provided by law’ to give the Senate [Congress] a leeway to decide on yung pagpasok ng mga foreign investments dito, lalong-lalo na sa ownership ng mga lands,” Bato said.

For presidential aspirant Vice President Leni Robredo, as reflected by the color pink, her leadership will be evident through her gentle manner of speaking, working, and reaching out to the people.

These, she said, must also be reflected in the way of life of every Filipino.

“Tayong lahat ang nagdadala nito. Kailangan nating isalamin ang tunay na ibig sabihin ng pink habang suot natin ito. Gumawa ng mabuti, magpaabot ng tulong sa kapwa, maging mahinahon sa pagbabahagi ng ating mensahe,” Robredo said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

Running under Promdi Party will spare Pacquiao’s candidacy from mess of PDP-Laban factions — Munsayac

Maris Federez   •   October 11, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) Pacquiao-wing does not see any problem with Senator Manny Pacquiao’s  filing of the Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA) of another party in the 2022 national and local elections.

PDP-Laban Executive Director Ron Munsayac said a resolution was submitted by the national executive committee to allow its standard-bearer to use the CONA of another party like the Promdi party amid the rift caused by the creation of two factions within the ruling party.

“PDP-Laban pa rin po si Senator Manny Pacquiao pero ang ginamit niyang CONA for this election is Promdi because number 1, kaalyansa naman namin sila, number 2 meron naman talagang legal battle na kinakaharap and PDP-Laban,” Munsayac said.

The Cusi-faction has already submitted before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc its petition seeking to declare their group as the legitimate PDP-Laban party.

Based on Comelec rules, the standard-bearer of a party that is considered illegitimate is automatically considered as an independent candidate.

This, Munsayac said, is what Pacquaio’s group is preparing for.

“Kasi makakaapekto ito sa kandidatura ni Manny Pacquiao, kumbaga, pagdating sa mga watchers, mga activities. Iba po kasi kung may partido,” he added.

The Pacquiao faction is confident that they will be the one that Comelec will declare as the legitimate party. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)


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