The PDP-Laban (or Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan) party has tapped its chairman – President Duterte – as its candidate for the vice presidency in the 2022 polls.
Should he decide to accept the mandate, Duterte would have the right to choose his running mate and successor who would then be designated as the party’s presidential candidate.
During a national council meeting held last Monday in Cebu City, the PDP-Laban approved a resolution urging Mr. Duterte to this effect, citing his “steadfast leadership and the strong public support for his agenda of change.”
Notably absent during the Cebu assembly was Senator Manny Pacquiao, the PDP-Laban’s acting president, who did not recognize its validity.
Pacquiao is currently at odds with the party’s vice chairman, Energy Sec. Al Cusi, who had authorized the meeting.
Informed sources said Pacquiao, who is allegedly planning to run for president, was against the meeting because he was told of the agenda – and it turned out to be spot on.
Last May 25, Pacquiao’s office sent out a circular to PDP-Laban members not to attend the “rogue” meeting as it wasn’t duly authorized.
This coming July 17, the PDP-Laban, which supposedly has about 100,000 members nationwide, is slated to be holding a national assembly whose main order of business will be the election of a new set of officers.