PDP-Laban still wants Duterte for VP; presidential bet may be announced in September

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 19) — PDP-Laban still wants President Rodrigo Duterte to run for the second highest post in the land, the ruling party's newly-elected executive vice president said Monday.

Speaking to CNN Philippines' The Source, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said PDP-Laban's resolution pushing for Duterte's VP bid remains, despite the ongoing conflict with the faction led by ousted party president Sen. Manny Pacquiao.

"Hindi naman nagbago ang resolution [The resolution did not change]. The resolution was not modified, altered or overturned whatsoever," Nograles said, referring to the resolution adopted by the party last May during its national council meeting in Cebu.

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"The resolution still stands that the party PDP-Laban is still asking President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to consider running for VP of the Republic of the Philippines and giving him the discretion to recommend to PDP-Laban who he believes should run for president and be supported by PDP-Laban," he said.

Nograles said they are still waiting for further guidance from their party chairman on who he will endorse as his running mate if he pursues his political plan next year.

He said this may be announced when PDP-Laban holds a national convention in September.

"We are scheduling a national convention come September, also in accordance with the schedule given by Comelec to all parties. Sa [in the] national convention, baka doon i-announce kung sino ang aming susuportahan (an announcement may be made on who we will support) for president and VP,” Nograles added.

Duterte earlier said he is entertaining the idea of becoming a vice president to ensure "immunity" from lawsuits.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao is being floated as a possible presidential candidate in the upcoming polls.

Pacquiao and Sen. Koko Pimentel were booted out of their posts over the weekend after the faction led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi elected a new set of PDP-Laban officers.

Nograles clarified, however, that Pacquiao and Pimentel are still members of the group but anyone can leave the party if they want to.

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