PDP-Laban Bulacan to Pacquiao: Explain remarks ‘attacking’ Duterte
Local Bulacan officials belonging to PDP-Laban on Friday asked the party’s acting president, Senator Manny Pacquiao, to explain his critical remarks “attacking” the party chair, President Rodrigo Duterte, according to a Philippine News Agency report.
The report said leaders of PDP-Laban Bulacan chapter, including the incumbent mayors of 14 cities or towns, unanimously passed a resolution expressing “strong disapproval” of Pacquiao’s statements criticizing Duterte’s stance on the West Philippine Sea and other issues.
“Such statements attacking the Party Chairman are not sanctioned by National Council and without going thru official party channels and therefore against the principle of Consultative and Participatory Democracy as embodied in the Party Constitution,” according to the resolution.
“Acting President Manny Pacquiao (should) be asked to explain why he should not be disciplined for his public actions and statements against the leadership of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte thereby bypassing the official channels of the Party where redress and remedy can be made,” it added.
The PNA report quoted Pacquiao as saying in an online interview: “Sa akin, nakukulangan ako, nakukulangan ako kumpara doon sa bago pa siya tumakbo, nage-eleksyon pa lang. Dapat ituloy nya yun para magkaroon din naman tayo ng respeto (galing sa China).”
The PDP-Laban Bulacan chapter said Pacquiao’s were “inimical to the Party as they tend to disparage the leadership of President Duterte and intended to weaken public support of the constituencies against the latter.”
The report said the meeting was attended by Mayors Gilbert Gatchalian of Malolos City, Vergel Meneses of Bulakan, Amboy Manlapaz of Hagonoy, Ann Marcos of Paombong), JR Gonzales of Balagtas, Ferdie Estrella of Baliuag, Narding De Leon of Angat, Fred Germar of Norzagaray, Carla Galvez of San Ildefonso, Linabelle Villarica of Meycauayan City, Ricky Silvestre of Marilao, Edwin Santos of Obando, Yoyoy Pleyto of Santa Maria, and Arthur Robes of San Jose Del Monte City, and Rep. Florida Robes.
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