Pimentel admonishes PDP-Laban: ‘Not right time to talk about politics’

Published March 12, 2021, 10:42 AM

by Mario Casayuran

This is not the right time to talk about politics. The focus of everybody must be in containing the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, executive vice chairman of PDP-Laban party, issued these statements following calls of party members for President Duterte to run for vice president in the 2022 national elections when the President’s one-time six-year term expires on June 30, 2022.

Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III
(Rio Leonelle Deluvio / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

A Pulse Asia nationwide survey showed Pimentel’s partymates – President Duterte and Senator Christopher ‘’Bong’’ Go – leading other possible presidential and vice president tandems with a wide margin.

A Go-Duterte tandem as president and vice president bets got 32 percent while a Grace Poe-Tito Sotto tandem got 23 percent.

President Duterte is the PDP-Laban chairman.

Duterte’s party allies in Metro Manila and Cebu, through resolutions, want him to run as vice president in the 2022 race.

Pimentel said PDP-Laban vice chairman Alfonso Cusi had issued a statement asking party members to set aside talks of political plans in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Friday, March 11, Senator Christopher ‘’Bong’’ Go, a close ally of Duterte, said the President knew of the calls of their partymates but did not say what was the reaction of the President.

 
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