PDP-Laban bolts UNA

Posted at 03/07/2014 6:15 PM

MANILA - The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino - Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) has withdrawn its coalition with the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) days after Vice President Jejomar Binay left the party.

According to PDP-Laban spokesman Doy del Castillo, they decided to leave the coalition after Binay resigned as chairman of the party.

Binay had been a stalwart of the PDP-Laban since its merger in 1983 between the PDP of then Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr. and the Laban of then Sen. Benigno "Ninoy Aquino Jr.

Del Castillo thanked Binay for his services to the party and wished him well in his bid to form his own political party, which will carry him as its presidential standard-bearer in the May 2016 elections.

He said party leaders will meet on March 13 during the party's 32nd founding anniversary to discuss the new developments.

They will also attend a symposium on local fiscal autonomy, which is a primary initiative of the party, he said.

Del Castillo said the PDP-Laban wants to give the youth a bigger role in the party's programs and thrusts to strengthen local governments through genuine fiscal autonomy and to establish a federal system of government.

Among the invited speakers at the event are Bataan Rep. Enrique Garcia and former Batangas Rep. Hermilando Mandanas, both local autonomy advocates.

The elder Pimentel, father of the Local Government Code, will also give his insights on the needed amendments to the Code.