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PDP Laban: Pacquiao has abandoned PDP Laban; throws in the towel

The ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban) of President Rodrigo Duterte said today that Senator Emmanuel Pacquiao has abandoned PDP Laban when he filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) under the Progressive Movement for the Devolution of Initiatives (Promdi), a relatively unknown party based in Cebu.

“Senator Pacquiao claims that he is the legitimate President of PDP Laban and even called his own National Assembly where he accepted their nomination as presidential standard bearer and yet he is running for president under PROMDI. Let’s call a spade a spade. If that is not abandonment of PDP Laban, I don’t know what is,” said Atty. Melvin Matibag.

He said that what he predicted as an ongoing teleserye for Pacquiao’s candidacy has now become a reality.

“From the ouster of President Duterte as party chairman, that was a comedy. The proclamation of Sen. Pacquiao, that’s drama. And now it had ended up as a tragedy—when he bailed out of the PDP Laban to run under PROMDI,” Matibag said.

He said that this move by Pacquiao’s camp only proves the illegitimacy of Pacquiao and Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III’s faction.

“Dito na makikita ng taong bayan na sila Sen. Pacquiao at Sen. Pimentel ay hindi talaga tumatalima sa Constitution ng PDP Laban at isinasantabi o ibinabasura lang ang boses ng nakakarami at totoong miyembro ng PDP Laban,” Matibag said.

He said that Pacquiao’s abandonment of PDP Laban only shows that he never believed in the principles and ideology that the party stands for. “The party was only a vehicle for his presidential ambition. When it was no longer useful to him, iwan na niya kami,” he said.

With Pacquiao’s abandonment of PDP Laban, Matibag is confident that the Comelec would rule in favor of their petition seeking to declare as illegitimate the claim of Pacquiao and Pimentel are rightful officers of PDP Laban.

“With this biggest and obvious violation of the PDP Laban constitution, there is no clearer evidence that the Pacquiao faction is the nuisance and illegitimate group of the PDP Laban,” Matibag said.

He also feared that the true motive of the Pacquiao faction in building alliances with Promdi and the People’s Champ Movement (PCM), the so-called MP3, is only to bring confusion to the many supporters of PDP Laban across the country.

“I suppose sa buong history ng Philippine elections, wala pang standard bearer mula sa dominant majority party na nakipagtie-up sa ibang political organizations, at pagkaraan bigla ka doon tatalon… sa kaalyadong small political party. Walang matino na gagawa nun. Gagawin mo lang yun para hindi halata na talagang hindi ka kapartido (ng PDP Laban) o nanggugulo ka lang o talagang hindi mo alam ang ginagawa mo—which is worst. At alam naman natin na ang MP3 ay ang music format na laging pinapirate,” Matibag stressed.

“I don’t think if they have ever thought of the repercussions of their actions. Etong pagtalon-talon ng iba’t ibang partido ni Senator Pacquiao ay talagang matagal na niyang gawain, kapag nakita na niyang hindi umaayon sa kagustuhan niya ang Partido,” Matibag explained.