Duterte, Go abandon PDP-Laban to file candidacy under PDDS, says Nograles
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Christopher “Bong” Go have both seemingly abandoned the ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan and filed their candidacy for the 2022 elections under the Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS) to avoid legal complications, acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles said on Tuesday.
Duterte and Go recently formalized their bids for senator and president, respectively, under PDDS before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) main office. PDDS is founded by Greco Belgica, chairman of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission.
During a Palace press briefing, Nograles was asked why Duterte and Go used the PDDS vehicle to launch their respective campaigns when they both belong to PDP-Laban.
“Well, first of all, ‘yung (the) PDP-Laban and PDDS are allies. May alliance po ang dalawang partidong ‘yan (Both parties have an alliance),” Nograles answered.
“At ‘yung pag-file po nila Senator Bong Go at Pangulong Duterte under PDDS ay para umiwas sa any legal complications that may or may not arise dahil po may ongoing na legal issue ngayon ang PDP-Laban sa Comelec para hindi na magkaroon ng mga any legal complications after itong nangyaring substitution,” he added.
(Go and Duterte’s filing under PDDS is to avoid any legal complications that may or may not arise because of the ongoing legal issue of PDP-Laban in Comelec.)
Nograles was referring to the infighting within the PDP-Laban, which was divided into the factions of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi on one hand, and Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on the other.
The Pimentel faction backed the presidential bid of Senator Manny Pacquiao, while attacking several policies of the administration, leading to the disintegration of the party.
Earlier, the Comelec was urged to declare which of the two factions is the legitimate representative of the ruling party.
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