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

Maris Federez   •   July 9, 2021   •   1381

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

PDDS confident Go won’t withdraw candidacy

Maris Federez   •   November 26, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — Partido ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS) national adviser Butch Belgica is confident presidential aspirant Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go will not back out of the race.

Belgica believes Go will not abandon the party as their standard-bearer in the 2022 national and local polls.

“Hindi po niya gagawin yun, iisipin po niya ang kapakanan ng taumbayan,” Belgica said.

He added that, as support to Go, the party is set to adopt Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio as its vice-presidential bet.

“Basta kami Bong Go-Sara Duterte sa vice president and adopting all PDP-Laban senators and allied groups,” Belgica added.

Go’s camp also said that they are not at all bothered by the move of the four big political parties of forging alliance agreement to support the candidacy of former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos and Mayor Sara, expressing confidence in its own political alliances. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

Duterte to run for senator in 2022 polls

Maris Federez   •   November 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte will run for a Senate seat in the 2022 elections, avoiding a faceoff with her daughter Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in the vice presidential race.

The president filed his certificate of candidacy through his lawyer, Attorney Melchor Aranas, on Monday (November 15), the last day of filing for substitution of candidate.

Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) Secretary-General Melvin Matibag said Duterte will run under the political party Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS).

He substituted for Mona Liza Visorde of the same party. —/mbmf




Pacquiao pushes through with bid for presidency in 2022 NLE

Maris Federez   •   November 12, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirant Senator Manny Pacquiao has clarified that his bid for the presidency in the 2022 National and Local Elections remains despite having reconciled with President Rodrigo Duterte Tuesday night.

“Walang atrasan. Tuloy ang laban,” Pacquiao said, adding that the meeting which was also participated in by Senator Bong Go and Congressman Eric Pineda, was cordial and not political.

“The meeting with the President was arranged by common friends. It wasn’t a political meeting but it provided us an opportunity to talk about our shared vision for Mindanao,” he said.

When asked whether the Duterte-Pacquiao meeting was also a start of a possible reconciliation among members in the ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque quipped to just leave it at that for the moment.

“What I know, what was relayed to me by both Senator Bong Go at saka Mr. Eric Pineda, so sa ngayon po it was a friendly meeting it was a reunion of sort between two leaders from Mindanao. Iwan an lang po muna natin dun yun sa ngayon,” Roque said.

Meanwhile, the Commission on Elections said it is currently conducting hearings on the petition that seeks the commission’s decision as to which faction in the PDP-Laban is the legitimate one. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)


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