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PDP-Laban walang pera, laway lang! Duterte lowers cash expectations of wannabe politiko allies

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President Rodrigo Duterte declared that Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) has no money to support poltikos wanting to align with his his political party.

Duterte said he could only promise to campaign for senatorial, congressional and local government candidates seeking to tie up with PDP-Laban and nothing more.

“I do not want to make anybody uncomfortable here. Pero mabuti ‘yung maprangka-prangka. It never grew ang PDP. It even outlived the — ‘yung mga talent nila. Why? Because of money. It’s a principled party,” said Duterte in a speech durign the national convention of his daughter Sara’s regional party, Hugpong ng Pagbabago.

“I used it as my platform to run for the presidency. Pero kung sabihin mo pera, partido. So my advice is if you’re comfortable with your mother unit, you might want to continue and coalesce with PDP-Laban,” he added.

Politikos traditinal seek to align with the ruling party especially during the mid-term elections when the President’s powers were at their peak and Malacanang has funds to bankroll adminstration bets.

“I’d like to be very frank with you. Hindi pwedeng ‘yang tawag ng… ‘O ano, Mr… Pwede bang tulungan mo ‘to?’ That’s the usual practice. ‘Tulungan mo itong…’. Ako sabihin ko sa iyo, ‘No way’. No way akong mag(bigay ng pera),” said Duterte.

“But if you want me to campaign for you, I will. Walang problema ‘yan. Money, you can go to your original — Let’s have just a coalition. Pero ngayon man, nobody but nobody really, not even a congressman can claim na sinolo sa Davao. My orders were only — spread it evenly sa lahat ng probinsya pati siyudad. Huwag kayong mag — do not play favorites,” he added.