Cusi denies hand in setting up an outsider as PDP-Laban flag bearer for Eleksyon 2022
Energy Secretary and PDP-Laban Vice-Chairman Alfonso Cusi on Tuesday denied involvement in the alleged establishment of a non-PDP Laban member as the ruling party’s flag bearer in Eleksyon 2022.
In an interview with the ANC, Cusi agreed with Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III that the PDP-Laban should support one of its members who would run for president before putting forward any candidates from outside the party.
A few weeks ago, Pimentel alluded to Cusi’s “secret agenda” by organizing an “unauthorized” national meeting, claiming that the latter intended to offer the ruling party’s presidential nomination to a foreigner. .
“Tama ‘yon. We should support a partner and we have a process for that. The party has the process of selecting a candidate. Of course, we will prioritize our party partner and there is no adoptive candidate for that matter. Wala po his ‘yon agenda,’ Cusi said.
(That’s right. We should support a party partner and we have a process for that. The party has the process of selecting a candidate. Of course, we will prioritize our party partner and it is not. no plan to adopt a candidate for this issue. This is not on our agenda.)
Asked about the statement by Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles that PDP-Laban members are “naturally inclined” to support Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte – a non-PDP member – if she embarks on the highest post in the country, Cusi said there were individuals expressing their feelings but so far there are no discussions about the possibility of a Duterte-Duterte tandem.
“Some members of our party individually express this feeling (support Sara), but that does not mean that it is the position of the party. Like I said, we have a process on this, ”he said.
“Wala pa po ‘yan di pa po namin napapag-discuss-an’ yan. This is not even discussed in any of our meetings,” he said when asked if PDP-Laban would support a tandem. Duterte-Duterte.
(That’s not true. We haven’t discussed anything about it. It isn’t even discussed in any of our meetings.)
Cusi said the party has specific procedures if it adopts a non-PDP Laban member to be its standard bearer.
In the same ANC interview, Cusi mentioned that a Bong Go-Rodrigo Duterte tandem for Eleksyon 2022 is a ‘no secret’ and a ‘possibility’, as some members of the PDP-Laban have crafted a resolution pushing in favor of a possible tandem.
In a meeting on May 31, the PDP-Laban national council, led by Cusi, passed a resolution urging Duterte to run for vice-president in the 2022 election and choose the party’s flag bearer.
The move is not welcomed by Senators Manny Pacquiao and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel, respectively interim chairman and executive vice chairman of PDP Laban, saying the meeting was not authorized.—AOL, GMA News