Friends no more? PDP-Nacionalista alliance in peril after ruling party endorses Cayetano’s rival in Taguig-Pateros
By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
It looks like the alliance between the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban) and Nacionalista Party (NP) is officially over after the ruling administration party has decided to support another congressional candidate in the legislative district of Taguig-Pateros.
Multiple sources told Politiko that the camp of former Foreign Affairs Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano was disappointed with several top honchos of PDP Laban upon learning that it has endorsed Allan Cerafica as district legislator of Taguig-Pateros in next year’s midterm elections.
Cerafica is the brother incumbent Taguig-Pateros Rep. Arnel Cerafica.
The incumbent Taguig-Pateros solon, who was also able to secure an official nomination from PDP, meanwhile will be battling Cayetano’s brother, television/film director and former Rep. Lino Cayetano in Taguig City’s mayoralty race.
According to the same source, Cayetano felt betrayed over the recent antics instigated by some officials of the ruling party since PDP and NP have an existing alliance since 2016.
Cayetano, a stalwart of NP and one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s main allies, is eyeing a return in the House of Representatives in the upcoming midterm elections.
The former chief diplomat earlier admitted that his supposed House comeback was connected with his plan to win the Speakership in the next Congress.
Meanwhile, two separate sources in the Lower House revealed that Duterte has nothing to do with the decision of his political party to support the rivals of the Cayetanos in Taguig City and the point person who gave the certificate of nomination and acceptance (CONA) to the Ceraficas is an official of PDP identified with Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.
One source told Politiko that it was Engr. Salvador “Toto” Ty, PDP Laban vice president for National Capital Region (NCR), who issued the respective CONAs to the Cerafica siblings upon the instruction of Pimentel’s deputy chief-of-staff, Ronwald Munsayac.
Munsayac is also the current chair of the PDP Laban Public Information Committee.