October 16, 2021 | 12:00 noon
MANILA, Philippines – The Electoral Commission (Comelec) can publish its decision on the petition by the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), led by Minister of Energy Alfonso Cusi, which confirms the legitimacy of Senators Manny Pacquiao and Aquilino Pimentel III before the end of the year.
“This is expected around December 2021,” revealed Comelec spokesman James Jimenez yesterday in a Viber message to reporters.
Although the commission writer confirmed that Comelec heard the party’s leadership questions on Thursday, no details were given as such decisions “are only passed on to the parties involved”.
Senator Bong Go, the standard bearer of the PDP-Laban Cusi faction, was not available for comment.
Pimentel also did not respond when asked about the en banc hearing, but posted on his official Twitter account @senkokopimentel that there were “great arguments from the legitimate PDP Laban attorney”.
Lawyer Christopher Lim is the advisor to the PDP-Laban Pacquiao-Pimentel faction.
The Cusi faction filed a petition last month calling on Comelec to designate Pacquiao and Pimentel as illegal party representatives for allegedly “taking over the party’s authority and pretending to be the party’s representatives”.
Before the hearing, Comelec gave the Pacquiao-Pimentel Group five days to comment on the petition, hand over one copy and send four copies to the electoral authority’s office in Intramuros, Manila.
While the Comelec still has to decide on the leadership issues of the PDP-Laban, Pacquiao submitted his candidacy for the office of president on October 1st under the party of the development initiative Probinsya Muna.