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Para sa bayan: Duterte tells PDP-Laban factions to end leadership squabble

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It took a presidential intervention to put an end to the conflict between two factions of the ruling PDP-Laban party.

President Duterte met with the two camps of the administration party and urged them to resolve their differences and unite. Present in the meeting at a hotel in Manila were the group led by Senator Aquilino Pimentel III and the faction led by Rogelio Garcia.

“Tulad ng isang ama na pilit pinagbabati ang mga anak na may hindi pagkakaintindihan, namagitan si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa mga miyembro ng PDP-Laban upang magkaisa ang lahat para sa kabutihan ng partido. Hinimok nya ang mga liders ng magkabilang grupo na unahin ang kapakanan ng bayan sa lahat ng kanilang magiging desisyon,” the President’s assistant Christopher Go wrote on Facebook.

Go, also interim national auditor of the party, said the meeting ended with a commitment from the two groups “to work things out.” Another party caucus will be held soon “with hopes of having a stronger and united PDP-Laban party.”

Duterte is chairman of the PDP-Laban party.

Garcia’s group recently elected new party officers, replacing Pimentel and former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. But Pimentel’s camp that such assembly was not sanctioned by the party.