Pimentel/Pacquiao PDP-Laban wing to hold national assembly to choose bets

Against Duterte-Duterte tandem

By ROGER M. BALANZA

The tandem of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, for President, and President Rodrigo Duterte, for Vice President, in the 2022 national elections, will have opponents coming no less than from the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP/Laban.

Former PDP-Laban Executive Vice President Senator Koko Pimentel on Sunday said his group will convene in three months to reorganize and formally nominate their bets for the 2022 National Elections.

On Friday, a PDP-Laban faction led by vice chairman Energy Chief Secretary Alfonso Cusi held a national assembly and elected its new set of official. Cusi was elected president, while Pimentel and Senator Manny Pacquiao– the party’s former acting President– were ousted from their post.

Presidential daughter Sara is a top pick among PDP-Laban members to lead the party as standard bearer in next year’s polls, even as she belongs to the regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP). President Duterte’s vice presidential run has been endorsed by the ruling party led by the President.

The Duterte-Duterte tandem has written finis to Pacquiao’s bid to be the PDP-Laban presidential candidate.

Pimentel said PDP-Laban national assembly organized by Cusi was illegal and his faction will hold its own assembly in September to choose its candidates for the May 2022 elections..

We will have a gathering in September,” the senator said.

“It will be similar to a national assembly. We will decide then if we will need to reorganize and maybe, that’s when we will make formal nominations for our party candidates,” he added.

Pimentel insisted that the recent events organized by Cusi were “unauthorized” and denounced by the national headquarters along with the PDP-Laban leadership under Pacquiao.

This includes the election of the new slate of party officials even with the attendance of President Rodrigo Duterte — the party’s chairman.

“The stand of the national headquarters and the PDP-Laban leadership under Sen. Pacquiao remains — the 31 May and 16 to 17 July meetings are unauthorized,” he said.

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