PDP-Laban disowns Freddie Aguilar despite ‘certificate’

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PDP-Laban disowns Freddie Aguilar despite ‘certificate’

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The singer submits a certificate of nomination and acceptance from what party president Koko Pimentel calls a 'rogue' PDP-Laban

MANILA, Philippines – Ruling party PDP-Laban disowned singer Freddie Aguilar as one of its senatorial bets despite a certificate of nomination and acceptance (CONA) submitted by Aguilar on Thursday, October 11.

“Freddie Aguilar is not a candidate of PDP-Laban,” said PDP-Laban public information officer Ron Munsayac. 

“Although we welcome his run for senator, the party did not issue a CONA to Freddie Aguilar. We have yet to see his documents, but, speaking with authority, ’di namin siya in-issue-han ng CONA (We did not issue him a CONA),” Munsayac added. 

The CONA is supposed to prove that an individual is a certain party’s bet. It is submitted alongside the certificate of candidacy (COC) of each candidate. 

Aguilar submitted to the Comelec a CONA signed by Wilfredo Talag, who claimed to be the secretary general of PDP-Laban. 


 

Talag is part of what party president Senator Aquilino Pimentel III describes as a “rogue” PDP-Laban faction. (READ: Duterte to ‘unify’ PDP-Laban factions

Pimentel was first to file a COC, and Aguilar came immediately after him. They were seated next to each other while filing COCs, but Pimentel and Aguilar did not speak or interact. – Rappler.com

 

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Paterno R. Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He finished MA Journalism in Ateneo and MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email pat.esmaquel@rappler.com