The lines have been drawn. PDP-Laban party chairman President Rodrigo Duterte has sided with the faction led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and has ousted senators Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and Manny Pacquiao as party officers.
Pimentel, a founding member of the party, speaks with Rappler reporter Pia Ranada about his reaction to these political maneuverings and what this means for PDP-Laban’s legacy.
The party, co-founded by his father, the late Senate President Nene Pimentel, was created to fight the authoritarian rule of ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
But in 2016, it allowed controversial Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to run as its standard-bearer, believing in his promise to champion federalism, a promise likely to be broken. (READ: Duterte’s federalism turnabout broke hearts)
Was betting on Duterte worth it for the Pimentels? Catch the interview at 6 pm on Monday, July 19.
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