The members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) are leaving it to President Rodrigo Duterte as to who he will pick as the party’s bet for the Lower House Leadership.
Senator Manny Pacquiao said he will meet with the President before he flies for the United States on Saturday in preparation for his boxing match.
He said that he will ask the President to decide as to who the party’s candidate for the House Speakership in the 18th Congress should be.
Senator Pacquiao said, “kasi kung magsuggest ang pangulo ng hindi PDP, iyon saka ako magsa-suggest na kailangang PDP. Kasi PDP ang pangulo natin.”
[Because if the President will suggest someone who is not (from) PDP, then I will suggest (to him) that it must be from PDP. Because our president is (from) PDP.]
The senator added that the party’s primary criteria for the next House leader are loyalty and his/her continued support to the programs of the president.”
Senator Pacquiao also responded to the criticisms thrown at him by House Minority Leader Danny Suarez, accusing him of meddling with the affairs of the Lower House.
This is in relation to the senator’s meeting with three aspirants for the House speakership.
“Hindi naman ako nakikialam. Nakikialam ako as kapartido PDP. Kailangang ayusin talaga. Kung siya ay PDP rin dapat tumulong rin siya para ayusin ang problema kasi kahihiyan ng partido yan kapag hindi nagkakaisa ang isang Partido. So iyon ang dapat isipin niya na disiplinahin natin,” Senator Pacquiao said.
[It’s not that I was meddling. I intervene as a member of the PDP. We need to iron things out. If he is a PDP member, he should also help to thresh the problem out because it will put the party in a bad light if we are not united. That’s what he should think about to discipline.]
The three aspirants from the ruling party are Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon Alvarez, Pampanga Representative Aurelio Gonzales, and Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco.
Other contenders are Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez of Lakas-CMD and Taguig City Representative Alan Peter Cayetano of the Nacionalista Party.
Senator Pacquiao said that he may announce their candidate for the House Speakership within this week. (with reports from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf