SENATOR Koko Pimentel has given to Sen. Manny Pacquiao the task of announcing the official candidate of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) for Speaker of the House.
“I have designated Sen Manny Pacquiao to be the authorized person to announce the PDP Laban nominee for House Speaker. He will do so after following an agreed-upon process. Beginning tonight, Sen Pacquiao is now the person in charge of announcing the party’s choice,” Pimentel said.
Pimentel at the same time warned undisciplined members of (PDP-Laban) will be sanctioned.
Pimentel’s statement is in connection with the heated contest for House speakership among three members of the PDP-Laban — Davao del Norte and former House speaker Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez; Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco; and Pampanga Rep. Aurelio Gonzales Jr.
“Undisciplined party members will be sanctioned. It is time to put value and discipline to party membership,” Pimentel said in a text message.
However, Pimentel did not specify the sanction that will be imposed on the party members that will go against the decision of PDP-Laban as to who they will support for the House speakership.
Last Tuesday, Pimentel had a dinner meeting with Alvarez, Velasco, and Gonzales at the residence of Senator Manny Pacquiao in Makati City to discuss the speakership race.
The senator described the meeting as “nice,” and “very friendly with great camaraderie.”