PDP-Laban disowns Freddie Aguilar despite ‘certificate’
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.
LOOK: Is Freddie Aguilar a PDP-Laban candidate? Here is his certificate of nomination and acceptance as signed by a certain Wilfredo Talag of PDP-Laban @rapplerdotcom #PHVote pic.twitter.com/xhaMdzmbby— Paterno Esmaquel II (@paterno_II) October 11, 2018
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