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Comelec asks PDP-Laban factions to explain opposing leadership claims


By Leslie Ann Aquino

The warring factions of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) party were asked to submit their comment to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) within 10 days to explain their opposing claims of rightful leadership over the party.

“There are two factions claiming to be the rightful leadership of PDP Laban and that will affect their CONA (Certificates of Nomination and Acceptance),” Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon told reporters earlier Thursday.

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon (MANILA BULLETIN)

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

“We have to require them to comment in writing so we can be sure exactly what they are fighting about,” she added.

Guanzon said this is to determine who is the rightful authorized person or officer to sign the CONA for the party.

The Comelec started hearing the case of the two sets of Sworn Information Update Statements and List of Authorized Signatories submitted by PDP-Laban Thursday.

Asked when they will likely release the decision on the case, Guanzan did not give a date.

“I cannot tell because we need to read their memoranda. It depends on what they submit and if we have more questions we have to hear again,” she said.

“As I said, there are so many cases pending here…Being a commissioner of Comelec is not a walk in the park. You must have the energy for these things,” added Guanzon.

But, she said, personally she does not want to prolong it.

“For political parties, personally I don’t want to prolong that,” Guanzon said.

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