MANILA -- Due to the "massive influx" of new members, President Rodrigo Duterte's political party PDP-Laban will stop accepting new members by the end of November, the group's president Senator Koko Pimentel announced Sunday.
Pimentel said PDP-Laban needs to have sufficient time to screen, vet, and choose their official candidates for the May 2019 national and local elections. He said they also want to focus on teaching the party's ideologies to the new members.
"After the massive influx of new members into the party for the past year, we now have significant presence in most of the provinces of the country," said Pimentel.
"By stopping recruitment, we will have time to indoctrinate and train our members, screen possible candidates, and absorb our new members into our grassroots infrastructure," he added.
Pimentel stressed that PDP-Laban is not a "party of convenience" and said they believe in the group's principles, including "Belief in God; Human Dignity; Love of Country; Equal Opportunities for All; Consultative and Participatory Democracy; and Federalism."
The latest members of the PDP-Laban who took their oath of membership before Pimentel last week were Governor Abdusakur Tan of Sulu, Governor Zaldy Villa of Siquijor, and Vice Governor Peter Alfaro of Occidental Mindoro.