Pacquiao camp: Still no answer from Duterte on meeting amid PDP-Laban rift

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 3) — President Rodrigo Duterte still has not responded to the request of PDP-Laban party president Sen. Manny Pacquiao to meet and discuss issues within the group, a top party official said Thursday.

PDP-Laban Executive Director Ron Munsayac, an ally of Pacquiao, told CNN Philippines' The Source that they have not heard any feedback yet from Duterte, chairman of the ruling party.

"We've written our honorable chairman once but we've also texted some people in his office. We may have to write him another letter following up our request for a meeting," Munsayac said.

"As of this morning wala pa tayong (we still have no) feedback but we will do the necessary follow-ups. But we understand the President is extremely busy," he added.

Pacquiao earlier sought to meet with Duterte after Malacañang bared that it was the President who directed PDP-Laban vice chairman Alfonso Cusi "to organize, convene, and preside over" a national council meeting in Cebu on Monday.

Pacquiao earlier asked PDP-Laban members not to take part in the Cebu meeting, hinting of rival factions within the party. He said the meeting, led by Cusi, violated the party's rules since only he and Duterte could call for a council assembly.

During the meeting, PDP-Laban adopted a resolution urging Duterte to run for vice president in 2022 and to choose his running mate for president.

READ: PDP-Laban eyes talks to settle 'misunderstanding' 

PDP-Laban Vice President for External Affairs Raul Lambino previously said local government units, different sectors and other non-party members have expressed their support for the continuity of the Duterte administration, hinting a possible pairing between Duterte and his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

Duterte-Carpio topped the April Pulse Asia survey on preferred presidential bets for next year. Albay Rep. Joey Salceda also revealed Wednesday that the Davao City mayor will "definitely run," though she has not made any public declarations on the matter.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao has still kept mum about his political plans despite rumors that he intends to run for president next year.

Malacañang previously said Duterte was leaving his VP bid "to God," a statement similar to the one he made in an interview in 2015 before announcing his plan to run for president.