Sen. Manny Pacquiao was automatically expelled from the ruling PDP-Laban party after filing his certificate of candidacy (COC) for president under PROMDI last October 1.

Atty. Melvin Matibag, secretary-general of the Cusi-led PDP-Laban faction related that  under Section 6, Article VII of the PDP Laban Constitution, the filing COC by a member with another political party automatically expels that member from PDP Laban.

“The PDP Laban National Executive Committee met October 1 and a resolution was approved automatically expelling Sen. Pacquaio from PDP Laban in accordance with the party constitution,” he said.

Matibag said Pacquiao claims that he is the legitimate President of PDP Laban, noting that the senator even called his own national assembly where he accepted their so-called proclamation as presidential candidate.

“And yet, he is running for president under PROMDI. Let’s call a spade a spade,” he said. 

If that is not disloyalty, betrayal, and abandonment of PDP Laban, Matibag said, “I don’t know what is.”

“From the ouster of President Duterte as party chairman, that was a comedy,” he said.

“And now it ended as  tragedy — when he bailed out of PDP Laban to run under PROMDI,” Matibag said.  

He said that this move by Pacquiao only proves the illegitimacy of Pacquiao and Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III’s faction. 

He also said that this move by Pacquiao only proves he doesn’t have the support of the grassroots members of the party that he repeatedly claimed. 

“Why did he abandon PDP Laban if it’s true he has thousands of followers in the party?” asked Matibag.

“The party was only a vehicle for his over-bearing presidential ambition. When it was no longer useful to him, iniwan na niya kami,” he said. 

Matibag is confident that the Comelec would rule in favor of their petition seeking to declare as illegitimate the claim of Pacquiao and Pimentel as rightful officers of PDP Laban.  

“I suppose, in the entire history of Philippine elections, no other  presidential candidate from a dominant majority party which forged an alliance with different political organizations, will jump later to an allied small political party. Nobody in his right mind will do such thing!” he stressed.

In filing his COC under PROMDI, Pacquiao explained that he needs to have alliances with other parties who have similar views so he can push for things that will benefit the country.

However, Pacquiao insisted he is not abandoning PDP-Laban.

For his part, Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, explained PDP Laban, PROMDI, PCM AllianceAgreement collectively called “MP3 Alliance” proclaimed Pacquiao as their presidential candidate. 

“PDP Laban National Executive Committee in a Resolution (No. 12) allowed Sen. Manny Pacquiao to use PROMDI in order to consolidate his support base and alliance partners,” said Pimentel, party chairman of the Pacquiao-led PDP-Laban faction.

Meanwhile, Comelec is yet to settle the squabble on the legitimacy of both factions leading PDP-Laban.

Pacquiao said he chose partylist Rep. Lito Atienza as his running mate.

If elected as President, Pacquiao vowed to focus on poverty alleviation, improve COVID-19 pandemic response, boost internet connectivity, provide sufficient power supply, 

and put an end to corruption by jailing erring officials.

“I am running not only for myself and my family but for the Filipino people, so the youth can be given a better future.” 

Before he became a senator, Pacquiao served as congressman of Sarangani province in 2010.