|Lobregat, Sadain: Dalipe not PDP member|
|Friday, 21 April 2017 12:14|
By DEXTER YAP
Partido Demokratikong Pilipino (PDP) local party chairman Atty Melchor Rey Sadain denied claims by District 2 Congressman Mannix Dalipe that he has been sworn in as a member of the PDP.
In an interview over a local radio station, Sadain said that Dalipe was once a member of PDP before the 2016 elections but the latter filed a Certificate of Nomination during the 2016 elections under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC.)
“A nominated candidate must prepare and file a formal nomination acceptance certificate that is the CONA. Failure to file such acceptance certificate will make the nomination void. In Dalipe’s case, he ran under NPC and not PDP as he claimed,” Sadain explained.
Before Dalipe’s foray into the NPC during the 2016 election, the former was a PDP- Laban member together with Councilors Rommel Agan as City Chairman, Al- Jihan Edding, Atty Kim Elago and Rudy Bayot.
All five politicians bolted out of PDP- Laban and joined former Vice-President Jejomar Binay when the latter formed the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA.)
“I was the only one left in PDP last election. All of them, including Dalipe, jumped ship and left me as lone ranger behind. Now he is claiming that he is one of us? Sadain asked.
Meanwhile, new PDP member Congressman Celso Lobregat supported the statement made by Sadain against Dalipe.
Lobregat said that Dalipe is spreading false news to the people by claiming that he is a PDP member.
Lobregat said that even PDP Secretary General and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez knew that Dalipe is not a PDP member and did not include the latter in the list of attendees in last Wednesday’s oathtaking rites.
“Speaker Alvarez knew about the status of Dalipe. If he claims that he is a member of the ruling party, he should be present in the PDP seminar and oath taking like Sadain who is beside me. The Speaker should have recognized him, but no,” Lobregat said.
Lobregat instead appealed to Dalipe not to deceive the people by issuing false statements. (Dexter Yap)