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Koko to ‘fake’ PDP-Laban chair Garcia: Magbanat din po ng buto

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By Xave Gregorio

PDP-Laban President Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III has no problem if abogado Rogelio Garcia, who was elected as the party’s president by a faction, would insist that he is the real leader of the ruling party, but wants him to earn a party post through hard work.

“‘Di naman ako kapit tuko sa position at titulo,” Pimentel said in a text message Friday (August 10). “Pero bakit ba siya ang kakain sa tinanim inani linuto at hinanda namin? Bakit siya? Kung ang kakain ay kasama namin naghirap sa pagpapalaki ng partido ay wala tayong masasabi dyan. Wag naman yun short cut at jackpot agad. Magbanat din po ng buto.”

Garcia, a former classmate of President Rodrigo Duterte, was elected last month in a national assembly dismissed by PDP-Laban as fake.

Duterte met with the warring factions last night, but Pimentel said not much has changed.

“No need for any settlement. No one recognizes them except themselves. And maybe some media practitioners,” Pimentel told Politiko in a text message.