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Pacman fails unifying test [By Michelle R. Guillang - DT]

Pacman fails unifying test [By Michelle R. Guillang - DT]

2021-06-14 Dj Marshmallow 0 Uncategorized

Since the party held a national council meeting on 31 May in Cebu City that Pacquiao opposed, the senator has been remiss in effecting reconciliation among party mates

Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) acting national president Senator Manny Pacquiao has not exerted effort to fix a rift among his party peers except to ask for a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte.

PDP-Laban acting secretary-general Atty. Melvin Matibag, nonetheless, said party officials were still hopeful that the boxing icon who is being touted as a presidential timber for 2022 will attend the National Assembly scheduled on 17 July to clear the air after the war of words between the boxing icon and the party’s high-ranking officials.

Matibag on Saturday told the Daily Tribune that members will elect national officials and select a standard-bearer for the 2022 national elections in the coming assembly.

He added that since the party held a national council meeting on 31 May in Cebu City that Pacquiao opposed, the senator has been remiss in effecting reconciliation among party mates aside from seeking a meeting with Mr. Duterte, the party’s national chairman, who has not responded to the overture.

Matibag added that Pacquiao’s proposal has no clear indication of transpiring more than two weeks since PDP-Laban’s executive director Ron Munsayac said Pacquiao asked for the one-on-one.

Respond if you please

“To my knowledge, there was still no meeting between President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Manny Pacquiao that has occurred yet. There were no (reconciliation) efforts from Sen. Pacquaio except the letter that they sent to President Duterte,” Matibag said.

Munsayac noted that Pacquiao wanted to talk with the Chief Executive to call for a “legitimate national council meeting” before the deadline for the filing of certificates of candidacy this October. While Munsayac indirectly branded the national council meeting organized by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, the party’s vice-chair, as illegitimate, Matibag maintained that Mr. Duterte instructed Cusi to proceed with the assembly.

Pacquiao also “strongly advised” PDP-Laban members to “ignore” Cusi’s call for a national council meeting, saying that he did not authorize it.

During the latest PDP-Laban press conference after the national council meeting, Matibag said the legitimacy of the meeting cannot be questioned since it was attended by some 130 of the 159 members of the party physically and virtually.

Pacquiao and Cusi had a spat in March after the senator accused the Cabinet member of “early politicking” in drafting a resolution urging Mr. Duterte to run for vice president in the 2022 elections. The resolution also asked Mr. Duterte to choose his running mate.

The resolution was adopted during the national council meeting despite Pacquiao’s opposition. In a privilege speech last 2 June, Pacquiao also called Cusi “incompetent” after rotational blackouts affected parts of Luzon on the same day that the national council meeting was held.

Moist eyes for 2022

Pacquiao, who is reportedly eyeing the presidency in 2022 but has yet to confirm it, did not only criticize Cusi but also the President when he disapproved Mr. Duterte’s stance on the issue of the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

Pacquiao claimed the Chief Executive’s position has turned weaker as president compared to his 2016 presidential campaign vow.

Because of this, key officials of the PDP-Laban Bulacan Chapter charged Pacquiao with “disloyalty” and for committing “other acts inimical to the party.” They also called out Pacquiao’s statement as “critical and disparaging against the leadership of Duterte.”

Mr. Duterte then advised Pacquiao to “study harder” as he still has a “very shallow knowledge” of foreign policy and the ongoing conflict in the contested waters.

Pacquiao retaliated and claimed that Mr. Duterte was “misinformed” about the circumstances that led to his issuing the statement on the WPS dispute.


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