Freddie Aguilar, Duterte party row up to Comelec - Bong Go

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 14 2018 09:44 AM | Updated as of Oct 14 2018 05:30 PM

MANILA - It will be up to the Commission on Elections to resolve the "intra-party" controversy hounding the senatorial run of OPM icon Freddie Aguilar and PDP-Laban, the party of President Rodrigo Duterte, his assistant Christopher "Bong" Go said Sunday.

Aguilar last week registered his candidacy for senator along with a certificate of nomination and acceptance (CONA) purportedly from PDP-Laban.

However, the party's public information officer Ron Munsayac was quoted as saying in media reports that Aguilar is not a candidate of PDP-Laban as it did not issue a CONA to him.

"I think, mayroong intra-party dispute na nangyayari sa PDP. Hintayin na lang nating ma-resolba ito ng Comelec," Go told radio DZMM.

The Comelec, he said, may hold a hearing on the issue on Thursday, October 18.

Aguilar's CONA was reportedly signed by Wilfredo Talag, who claims to be PDP-Laban's secretary general. PDP-Laban president and Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, however, earlier said Talag was among "expelled rogue members" of the party.

Talag and his group in July called for the removal of Pimentel and Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez as party leaders.

Pimentel last week filed his certificate of candidacy for re-election as senator under the PDP-Laban slate.

Also in the party's line-up are Go, Duterte's spokesperson Harry Roque, Bureau of Corrections Chief Ronald Dela Rosa, Presidential adviser on political affairs Francis Tolentino, Makati Rep. Monsour del Rosario and Maguindanao Rep. Dong Mangudadatu, said Pimentel.

Go said he is still mulling over his senatorial run and is leaving it to the "wisdom of the President."