Though summer is behind us now, the heat is still on. One may agree that yes, the rainy season is upon us already, and LPAs and typhoons began visiting. But there is another type of heat coming, and it’s percolating.
We haven't felt its full impact yet. The country’s geo-political arena is steaming, sweltering with heated verbal exchanges. The political mudslingings, the innuendos and accusations started to heat up.
The ruling, (is it still?) Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas-Lakas Bayan (PDP-Laban), founded by former Senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel is crumbling. Officials are at loggerheads. A Cebu-convention was held last month without Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, its president in attendance.
In an apparent retaliation, the boxing champ expelled PDP-Laban officials, including Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, vice chair, deputy secretary Melvin Matibag and membership committee head Astra Naik. The situation is an indication that the PDP-Laban is about to implode.
This week’s scheduled general assembly is judgment day , as PDP-Laban officials want Sen. Manny out of the party. One scenario being depicted is that he is contemplating about bolting out.
The rift between President Duterte, the party chairperson, and the boxing lawmaker has turned for the worst when the former lambasted the boxing icon last week.
It’s just funny that in his tirade, the President, based on wrong information, questioned Sen. Manny’ why he backed out of his scheduled fight with unbeaten unified welterweight world champion Errol Spence in Last Vegas. Serendipitously, it will be on August 21, a very special day for us Filipino as it is the birth of the August 21 Movement, a political cry against the dictatorial rule of Ferdinand Marcos following the death of Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino.
As it turned out, the information provided was fake. In case you missed it, his own words, the President criticized: “bakit umatras ka duon sa boxing, kasi alam mo kung matalo ka, you are a goner! Those are your inconsistencies in your career.”
Under this seemingly uncomfortable environment, awkward as it is, I believe it’s high time for him to “hang the towel” of the party. In my mind, it would be a bittersweet scenario to hear the boxing icon, admired by millions all over the world, to say: “Loyalty to my party ends when loyalty to my country begins!”
If he’s really serious in seeking the presidency, then, he can resurrect his very own, People's Champ Movement (PCM), a General Santos and Sarangani regional political party he founded in 2009. Although PCM has been tagged as closely affiliated with the PDP-Laban and the United Nationalist Alliance.
The nagging question is, will the champ yield in his biggest political fight?
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