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Rival faction in Philippines’ ruling celebration tries to oust Duterte from chairman position

MANILA: A row between rival factions within the Philippines’ ruling celebration escalated on Sunday (Aug 29) when a bunch led by boxing star Manny Pacquiao tried to take away President Rodrigo Duterte from his position as celebration chairman by electing their very own.

Refusing to recognise the choice, Duterte’s supporters mentioned that he was nonetheless chairman and branded the opposite faction as “pretenders and a spotlight seekers”.

Pacquiao, Duterte and their respective supporters have been making an attempt to wrest management of the PDP-Laban celebration forward of elections subsequent Could by unilaterally electing their very own members to main celebration roles.

The faction supported by Duterte just lately booted out Pacquiao as celebration president, however Pacquiao has refused to step down.

The 2 males fell out in June after Pacquiao criticised Duterte’s stance on the South China Sea territorial dispute with China, whereas the latter lashed again by lambasting the boxer’s “shallow” international coverage data.

Pacquiao and his allies within the celebration elected Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III as chairman, in response to one among his backers, the celebration’s government director Ron Munsayac.

Duterte’s backers refused to acknowledge Pimentel’s election.

“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is the PDP-Laban celebration chairman. He stays to be so and can proceed to be so,” the group led by Duterte mentioned in an announcement.

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