An official of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) said the expulsion move made against him and two other party officials violated the party’s by-laws.
Last week, PDP-Laban Deputy Secretary General Melvin Matibog along with vice chairman and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and membership committee head Astra Naik were expelled from the ruling party over disloyalty issues.
However, Matibog said the party’s National Executive Council does not have any disciplining authority and that the committee was merely created by Senator Manny Pacquiao, the PDP-Laban president.
“What they did to kick us out of the party is a violation of the by-laws. The National Executive Council has no disciplining authority, and that is just a committee,” Matibog said in Filipino.
“That is just a committee created by Sen. Manny Pacquiao,” he added also in Filipino.
Cusi earlier slammed the ouster against him, adding that Pacquiao is “misguided.”
“Senator Pacquiao demeans himself by resorting to underhanded tactics. Whoever advises him clearly doesn’t care about him and his reputation. I pity Senator Pacquiao, he is clearly misguided,” Cusi said.
He added that the scheduled PDP-Laban meeting on July 16 and 17 will push through.
The expulsion move against Cusi, Matibog and Naik was based on accusations that they were supporting the presidential bid of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, the daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, who belongs to another political party. Duterte is the PDP-Laban chairman.