Sen. Manny Pacquiao faces possible expulsion from the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) after reports surfaced that he transformed his local party into a national party.
Melvin Matibag, secretary-general of the PDP-Laban, said that the move of Pacquiao to make his People’s Champ Movement (PCM) into a national party was a “major ground for expulsion” from the party.
“Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao’s latest punch has virtually created for himself a rabbit hole – one that could lead to his expulsion from Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban),” Matibag said in a statement.
“News quoting reliable sources said Pacquiao is allegedly converting the People’s Champ Movement (PCM), his regional political party, into a national political party, a major ground for expulsion from his membership in the PDP-Laban,” he added.
This, as documents on a meeting held last December by the PCM showed that its central committee led by Pacquiao amended the party’s constitution and by-laws, transforming it to become a national political party, according to Matibag.
“It was also said that the PCM amended its Constitution and By-Laws (CBL) to serve as ‘national party,’ this time with Lorelie G. Pacquiao of Labangal, General Santor City as president, and Danny A. Martinez as executive vice president,” he added.
PCM was founded in 2009 by Pacquiao and is said to be “a regional political party in the Philippines, particularly in the provinces of General Santos and Sarangani.”
According to the PDP-Laban charter, any of its members or officials who supports another political part can be expelled.