Update on COMELEC Stand over PDP-Laban Factions
COMELEC – The Commission on Election spoke on the current situation of PDP-Laban pushing for two (2) candidates in the Election 2022.
Undeniably, talks about the upcoming Election 2022 are becoming more intense now as the filing of the certificate of candidacies (COCs) is fast approaching too. In October, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is set to start accepting COCs.
The opposition has yet to decide on their standard-bearer for the next election. In the case of the ruling party, the PDP-Laban, there is an internal conflict now and the political party is divided into two (2) factions now – the Cusi wing and the Pacquiao wing.
The Cusi wing is pushing for Senator Christopher “Bong” Go to run for president in 2022. For vice president, Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte has accepted the nomination of his party. The Senator has yet to accept the nomination stressing that he really does not want to run for the highest position in the government.
For the Pacquiao wing, boxer-turned-senator Manny Pacquiao has recently announced his bid for president in the Election 2022. He vowed to lead with transparency and to send all the corrupt officials in the government to jail.
With regards to PDP-Laban having two (2) presidential candidates for 2022, many people are wondering if it is possible or if it is allowed. The two (2) factions visibly don’t agree on a lot of things.
Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez stressed that it is possible for a political party to have two (2) presidential candidates but the election body has yet to decide on it.
Jimenez stressed that the same scenario held Liberal Party before when it was divided between the Atienza wing and the Drilon wing.
“That is possible, but just to avoid misunderstanding, nothing’s been decided,” the COMELEC spokesperson said.
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