Pimentel awaits official letter from Binay

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

SENATOR Aquilino Pimentel III on Tuesday said he will respect the decision of Vice President Jejomar Binay's impending move to leave the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) to form his own political party in preparation for the 2016 national elections.

In an interview, Pimentel said he is still waiting for the Vice President to write it in a formal letter but maintained that they can still help each other in 2016.

"So far no confirmation from Vice President Binay about this thing yet. Not even a letter," Pimentel said.


"I don't think it will have negative effect when it comes to the size of the party except that we lost the highest ranking elected official in our party," he added.

PDP, founded by former senator Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr., and Laban, founded by the late senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., have been partners in the past 32 years.

Even before Binay was elected mayor in Makati, the Vice President is already part of the PDP and a co-founder with former senator Pimentel.

Senator Pimentel said he will not discourage those from his party who would wish to join Binay in his new political party, which the latter said he will be launching on June 12, 2014.

"I am already anticipating that some of our partymates will be joining him while the possibility of other politicians joining PDP-Laban is also possible. We are not just a party. We are a movement. We are an ideology-based political party," Pimentel said.

Binay is the present chairman of PDP-Laban and one of the stalwarts of the party.

Pimentel himself had admitted that he has not spoken with Binay since the 2013 elections when the latter was obviously offended when the Vice President rallied behind the inclusion in the opposition's senatorial slate of former senator Juan Miguel Zubiri whom the former accused of cheating him in the 2007 mid-term polls and supposedly robbed him of the seat in the Senate.

Pimentel said he is not yet closing the door until such time that he receives an official letter coming from Binay as he maintained that he is open to talk it over with the Vice President and find avenues of reconciliation.

"I guess the prevailing sentiment by majority of our partymates is for us to disengage the party from the existing coalition so that we will be free to enter into new arrangements in due time," he said.

Last year PDP-Laban Binay's camp coalesced with Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino and formed the United Nationalist Alliance.

"The possibility of helping each other is still there for the 2016 elections. No one knows the future," he said. (Camille P. Balagtas/Sunnex)

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