PDP-Laban exec to Bulacan chapter: Pacquiao didn’t criticize but ‘defended’ Duterte
PDP-Laban executive director Ron Munsayac has responded to the resolution unanimously passed by the party’s Bulacan chapter expressing “strong disapproval” of the party’s acting president Senator Manny Pacquiao for his remarks criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte on West Philippine Sea issues.
“Senator Pacquaio said nothing to criticize President Duterte and in fact expressed his respect and admiration for what the President had stated in his ‘jetski’ bravado, by saying ‘ito, ‘yun gusto ko.’,” Munsayac said in a letter to the PDP-Laban Bulacan chapter.
“If you look at the said interview, you will realize that Senator Pacquaio was even defending the President when he said that people should not take the President’s ‘jetski statement’ literally,” the PDP-Laban official added.
He said the party members should have consulted Pacquiao and PDP-Laban leadership before making the matter public.
“As a fellow partymate, I lament the fact that you have issued this resolution and press statement without any actual fact-checking and proper verification of the full context of Senator Pacquaio’s narrative,” Munsayac said.
“Any party member who has no other agenda but to uphold the integrity of the party could have easily communicated with me or to Senator Pacquiao so that we could have happily provided you with the full video of his interview where you claim that he criticized the president,” he added.
Leaders of PDP-Laban Bulacan chapter, including the incumbent mayors of 14 cities or towns, unanimously passed the resolution expressing “strong disapproval” of Pacquiao’s statements.
Pacquiao was quoted 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).”
“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.
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