With Binay gone, PDP-Laban to bolt UNA - Koko

by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 03 2014 06:36 PM | Updated as of Mar 04 2014 08:38 PM

MANILA - Now that Vice President Jejomar Binay has left the Partido Demoktratiko ng Pilipinas (PDP)-Laban, the party is now free to coalesce with other parties, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said.

Pimentel added the PDP-Laban can also now leave the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) following Binay’s departure.

“Everything is open now, if the VP will leave PDP-Laban then PDP-Laban will now officially communicate with UNA na aalis na rin kami sa coalition agreement with [Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino]. So we will now be free to also enter into other coalition arrangements with other political parties pero hindi muna madaliin ‘yan. What is important now is to continue with our party development activities,” he said.

He said it was easy to accept Binay’s decision to leave PDP-Laban as the vice president has been “inactive” in running the party and has been more involved with UNA.

He sees no big impact on the party as well.

He, however, clarified that Binay has not formally communicated his decision to leave the party.

“Wala po itong masyadong epekto pagdating sa size of the party, the number of membership, except that we lost the highest ranking Philippine official in our party,” Pimentel said.