Lawsuits after presidency? Duterte says he could run for VP, get immunity

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 07/17/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday teased about running for vice president in the upcoming elections to get immunity from the lawsuits that he may face once he steps down as chief executive. During the…

PDP-Laban declares Pacquiao’s post vacant, but denies he was ‘ousted’

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 07/17/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The national assembly of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) party, led by the faction of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, has declared several party posts vacant—including the one being held by Senator…

PDP-Laban holds Duterte-led assembly, to elect new set of officers

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 07/17/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Amid the infighting and power struggle within the party, the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) opened Saturday its national assembly where members are set to elect its new set of officers. The…

Pimentel says Roque wanted to hitch on ‘jeepney-sized’ PDP-Laban party

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 07/15/2021

MANILA, Philippines — “Si Secretary [Harry] Roque gusto ngang hu-mitch pa sa jeep na ‘yan.”  (Secretary Roque wanted to hitch a ride on that jeep.) Senator Koko Pimentel had this to say Thursday as he hit back…

Pimentel: Duterte in PDP-Laban assembly shows he’s following Cusi’s lead

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 07/15/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The attendance of President Rodrigo Duterte in the “unauthorized” meeting and assembly organized by some members of the ruling PDP-Laban party would mean he is following the lead of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi. This…

PDP-Laban expels Cusi, 2 other execs for allegedly violating party rules

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 07/09/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) has expelled its vice chairman and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and two other officials for allegedly violating provisions of the party’s constitution. PDP-Laban executive…

Amid PDP-Laban infighting, political parties opening doors for Pacquiao

Maila Ager - Reporter / @MAgerINQ 07/03/2021

MANILA, Philippines— Many political groups are now opening their doors for Senator Manny Pacquiao amid the infighting in the ruling PDP-Laban, the senator himself disclosed on Saturday. But Pacquaio, the president of the party, said he would…

Missing ingredient: Negotiations

Segundo Eclar Romero - @inquirerdotnet 07/02/2021

It looks as if history will repeat itself. What prevents the opposition (persons out of power) and the administration (persons in power) from consolidating their forces for the election is the aversion to alternative dispute resolution (ADR),…

Ahong will back Sara’s bid “if she decides to run”

Futch Anthony Inso 07/01/2021

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — Is Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan endorsing Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in next year’s presidential elections? This question popped up after the mayor’s car was seen with a sticker magnet of…

What did I violate to get booted out of PDP-Laban? Pacquiao asks

Maila Ager - Reporter / @MAgerINQ 07/01/2021

MANILA, Philippines— For Senator Manny Pacquiao, there is no reason why he should be ousted as president of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban). PDP-Laban is set to meet this month to elect its officers, fueling…

Pacquiao in LP? Anything can happen, but we have certain principles, says Drilon

Christia Marie Ramos 06/30/2021

MANILA, Philippines — While “anything can happen” when it comes to the Liberal Party opening its doors for Senator Manny Pacquiao amid a growing rift within the PDP-Laban, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon stressed the opposition party’s…

Pacquiao ‘good choice’ as PDP-Laban standard bearer for 2022 – Koko

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 06/17/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Manny Pacquiao will be a “good choice” as the presidential bet of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) party,  Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said Thursday. “I think he will be…

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