The ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) has expelled Vice Chairman Alfonso Cusi and two other officials for allegedly violating the party’s charter.
Expelled with Cusi, who is the country’s Energy Secretary, are PDP-Laban Deputy Secretary General Melvin Matibag and membership committee head Astra Naik for “showing allegiance to a political party apart from PDP-Laban.”
“The expulsion of Cusi, Matibag and Naik was explained in one of the three-party resolutions that were issued by Party President Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” D. Pacquiao and the PDP-Laban National Executive Committee (NEC), which constitutes the highest administrative and executive body of the party,” PDP-Laban Executive Director Ron Munsayac said.
The NEC also authorized Pacquiao to initiate probes to look into the complaints about party members who allegedly violate the party’s constitution and commit acts “inimical to the party by showing allegiance to another party,” Munsayac added.
The rift within PDP-Laban stemmed from Pacquiao’s opposing the holding of a national assembly in Cebu City last May called by Cusi upon orders by President Rodrigo Duterte, the party chairman.
Cusi and some senior party members have already called on Pacquiao to leave PDP-Laban.There are rumors that Pacquiao faces expulsion in the party’s next meeting in July 17.