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PDP puts house in order



Partido Demokratiko Pilipino members who recognized the leadership of ‘expelled’ officials Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and National Transmission Corp. president Melvin Matibag convene for a national assembly in Clark, Pampanga.

“Finally, it is done. Members of the party can already sleep well tonight,” lawyer Melvin Matibag, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP) acting secretary general, said when he faced the media just a few moments after the ruling party elected its new set of national officers.

Matibag was referring to the contentious days when Senator Manny Pacquiao, who is self-proclaimed acting president, engaged officials, including President Rodrigo Duterte, the party chairman, in a tug-of-war for control of the political group.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Senator Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go arrive in Pampanga and proceeded to inspect the Clark International Airport New Passenger Terminal Building.

Matibag and Department of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi led the call for a National Assembly that resulted to elections held at Royce Hotel, Clark, Pampanga on Saturday.

He was one of the 17 newly elected officers, including Secretary Karlo Nograles, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go and Interior and Local Government Usec. Jonathan Malaya. With this, he felt a great sigh of relief.

LIPAD CEO Bi Yong Chungunco tours former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Senate President Tito Sotto, and Bases Conversion Development Authority chair Vince Dizon to try out state-of-the-art facilities inside the new terminal building.

Cusi reassumed presidency
The election of new officers, he thought, finally ended the months-long rift among members of the party with Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi emerging victorious.

Cusi was named the new party president, effectively removing Senator Manny Pacquiao who held the post in a holdover capacity. The two had repeatedly crossed swords over their different views of the party’s direction.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte tries the self check in at the Clark International Airport.

On the other hand, Nograles claimed that there was no rift in the party, but only “disgruntled members.”

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and BCDA chair Vince Dizon have a light moment while waiting for the President.

World-class facilities that bring comfort and ease of travel at the Clark International Airport New Passenger Terminal Building and OFW lounge.