PDP-Laban’s Pacquiao faction elects Pimentel as chair; Cusi-led group calls it ‘comedy’

Marje Pelayo   •   August 30, 2021   •   355

MANILA, Philippines — The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) National Council Meeting on Sunday (August 29) elected Senator Koko Pimentel as chairman replacing President Rodrigo Duterte.

Meanwhile, former Eastern Samar Governor Lutgardo Barbo was elected vice-chairman.

The ruling party also scheduled its National Assembly in September 2021 where members will be nominating a presidential candidate for the May 2022 National Elections, according to a statement released by the Pimentel-Pacquiao wing on the same day.

Thousands of Grassroots and PDP-Laban leaders and members are expected to attend the party’s National Assembly in September, the statement said.

“Meron pong grupo na gustong agawin ang ating partido dahil meron silang plano sa politika na sikreto o hindi nila mapaliwanag ng mabuti. Mga baguhan lamang sa ating partido,” Sen. Pimentel said following his election as party chairman.

“Hindi po ang partido natin ang make or break sa eleksyon next year. Make or break po ang bansa natin. Ang kinabukasan ng bansa ang nakataya. Ganyan kahalaga ang darating na eleksyon,” he added.

Reacting to the actions of the Pacquiao-led faction, the party’s other bloc led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi called it a big ‘comedy.’

“Senator Koko Pimentel has no position in the PDP Laban. He is irrelevant and he does not represent the party. His group are pretenders and are attention seekers,” said Party Secretary-General and Cusi-wing member Atty. Melvin Matibag.

“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is the PDP Laban party Chairman. He remains to be so and will continue to be so,” he added.

PDP–Laban is a merger of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP) founded by Senator Koko’s father, former Aquilino ‘Nene’ Pimentel Jr. and Lakas ng Bayan, founded by former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr.

It was formed as a coalition in 1986 in protest against the authoritarian government of former President Ferdinand Marcos and his ruling party Kilusang Bagong Lipunan.

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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