Senator Manny Pacquiao was taken out by its own group as its acting President. This was affirmed by the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) National President Atty. Rogelio “Bicbic” Garcia.
“We don’t recognize him as the acting president, so hence starting today naging bakante po yung national president,” said Atty. Garcia in a meeting on Balitang Sapol on Politiko Live.
In December 2020, Senator Koko Pimentel who was then the party president gave his obligations to Senator Manny Pacquiao, however PDP-Laban won’t recognize his initiative.
“Hindi naming kinikilala yung naging acting president kuno yung taga GenSan na Senator Manny sapagkat ‘di namin alam kung totoong miyembro o hindi. Pangalawa wala namang karapatan ang nagbigay na pangalang president ng partido na si Senator Koko Pimentel… wala syang karapatan ayon sa aming consititution and standing rules,” he clarified.
“Siya po ang salot ng partido kung bakit nagkaganito. Naniniwala siya na mas lamang siya sa ating lahat,” he said, alluding to Senator Koko Pimentel.
PDP-Laban is set to have its National Assembly on July 17, 2021, where they intend to choose Speaker Lord Allan Velasco as PDP-Laban’s President.
“antay lang po na mapagkasunduan ngayong araw na to na si Speaker Velasco na ihalal bilang acting president po ng Partido until he will be officially chosen in the public gathering meeting,” he said.