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Duterte’s fate up to PDP-Laban members if he attends ‘unauthorized’ assembly — Pacquiao

By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 03:09 PM July 16, 2021
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MANILA, Philippines — Will PDP-Laban expel its own chairman, President Rodrigo Duterte, if he attends and presides over its national assembly on Saturday?

According to party president, Senator Manny Pacquiao, the decision would be up to the  majority  of  PDP-Laban.

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“Kung ano yung mapag desisyunan ng national majority at national council, lahat ng mga members, majority ng members ng PDP din, yun ang boses ng PDP,” Pacquiao said over DZBB when asked if the party would expel Duterte if he shows up in the assembly.

(Whatever the decision of the national majority and national council — all its members — and the majority of PDP, then that’s the voice of PDP)

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PDP-Laban acting Secretary-General Melvin Matibag said earlier that Duterte himself will preside over the national assembly of the party on Saturday. He said that any removal of members of the party should be ousted based on legal grounds.

“Kung may ground, lahat ng members, kahit ako presidente, kung may ground na pwede akong tanggalin, tanggalin. That’s the only way.”

(If there’s ground to remove me, even if I am the President, then I could be expelled. That’s  the only way.)

“Kung meron akong ginawa na masama na paglabag sa constitution, tanggalin ako, walang problema. Pero kung tatanggalin ako para lang sa vested interest, mga self interests  lang ng iba yan, I have the majority support of the members of the PDP national,” he added.

(If I violate the constitution, and  I get expelled, then there’s no problem. But if they  remove me  only for their vested interest, I have the majority support of the members of the PDP national)

However, Pacquaio and Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, executive vice chairman of PDP, do not recognize the “unauthorized” assembly as it was not coordinated with them and the  party’s national  executive committee.

Pacquiao even warned those attending  the assembly that they could be be suspended or expelled from  PDP.

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Amid this infighting in the party, Pacquiao tried to reach out to the President.

“I didn’t have a chance to talk to him although we asked an appointment with him pero hindi kami nagkaroon ng chance. Baka busy sya (but we didn’t get a chance; maybe he’s busy),” he said.

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