Defensor raises concern over reso urging Duterte to run for VP

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Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. said he was not privy to the resolution released by ruling Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) calling for President Rodrigo Duterte to run for vice presidency in 2022.

PDP-Laban acting president Sen. Manny Pacquiao disavowed the resolution in a press conference last week, saying that it was not an official resolution of the party.

Defensor, the provincial chairperson of PDP-Laban in Iloilo, said that he had not read the resolution in its entirety, and only learned about it when the party’s senior officials questioned it. (

The governor said the resolution was not issued by a body with the power to create resolutions that are binding to the entire party.

“When you do a resolution, that is a product of a collegial body. The sources of the resolution are either national membership convention, or executive committee meeting, or any collegial body that has the power to issue resolutions that will bind the whole party. If that is our basis, I wouldn’t know the status of the resolution,” according to him.

He added that he did not have time to consult with other party members and officials in Panay Island due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Defensor also believes the selection of the party’s standard bearers in next year’s elections should be left to the higher officials within the party.