By Junex Doronio
July 2, 2021
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — In politics, there’s an age-old dictum that says “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” and with the latest development, it is not far-fetched that Senator Manny Pacquiao and former House Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez will join forces against their common nemesis that is no other than their “former bff (best friend forever)” President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
This was revealed on Thursday, July 1, by former Camarines Sur congressman Rolando Andaya Jr. who had also bared that Vice President Leni Robredo will eventually run for governor of Camarines Sur.
“I heard that the group of Senator Pacquiao will be joining the group of former speaker [Pantaleon] Alvarez… They will join forces,” Andaya said.
He added that is the “tsismis” (rumor) in Duterte’s own stronghold, Davao City.
It can be recalled that Alvarez once served as the secretary-general of the ruling PDP-Laban.
In 2018, he was ousted as House Speaker allegedly due to the maneuvers of presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
But in 2019 mid-term polls, all the local candidates of Inday Sara lost in Davao del Norte, Alvarez’s bailiwick.
Alvarez resigned last year from PDP-Laban and joined the Partido Reporma of former Defense Secretary Renato de Villa.
The erstwhile Duterte ally said that he ” intends to commit and pursue a voter’s education campaign for Filipinos given the importance of the 2022 elections.”
On Wednesday, June 30, the party’s national council reportedly called on Pacquiao to resign and leave PDP-Laban.
In a statement, the council accused Pacquiao of actions “unbecoming of a good and true party member.”
It claimed that Pacquiao “is clearly driven by his political ambition and is solely designed to gain publicity at the expense of our Party Chairman, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his administration.”
In his counter-punch Pacquiao on Thursday, July 1, sternly warned his party mates to follow the rules or leave.
“From now on, gusto kong ipaalam sa kanila (I want to let them know): not in my time as a president of the party. Gusto ko silang turuan ng leksyon (I want to teach them a lesson). I’m the president of the party and you must follow the rules and by-laws of the party,” Pacquiao said in an interview with Teleradyo. (ai/mtvn)