“PERSONA NON GRATA”
President Rodrigo R. Duterte will not meddle in the quarrel among members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban), Malacañang said.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this remark after a group of PDP Laban members on Wednesday questioned the mass oath-taking activities initiated by PDP Laban secretary general, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
The group of PDP-Laban members from different parts of the country expressed their disdain towards Alvarez and questioned the mass oath-taking activities initiated by the Speaker who allowed new members into the party without undergoing membership seminars as required by the party’s constitution and by-laws.
The group also urged the party to expel Alvarez, during an assembly organized as part of the 36th founding anniversary celebration held at the Quezon Memorial Circle on February 28.
Alvarez has also been accused earlier of fragmenting PDP-Laban and admitting narco-politicians into the party in his recruitment binge.
The massive recruitment of new party members by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has opened the floodgates for entry of narco-politicians into the party, Benito Ranque, PDP-Laban deputy secretary general, also said last year.
After being accused of allowing entry of narco-politicians and causing division in the party, Alvarez was declared last year as ‘persona non grata.’
The PDP-Laban has issued a resolution declaring Speaker Alvarez as ‘persona non grata’ for acts inimical to the party, according to Rogelio Garcia, former labor undersecretary and party chairman for Region 12, and Cesar Cuntapay, interim president of Southern Mindanao regional council.
Garcia and Cuntapay also urged President Duterte to look into Alvarez’s “acts inimical to the party.”
Roque said that Duterte, chairman of the ruling party, was aware of the issues hurled by party members against the Speaker.
However, Roque said that Duterte would leave it to Alvarez and PDP Laban president and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi to resolve the issue.
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