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Dalipe not a PDP member - Sadain

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Partido Demokratikong Pilipino (PDP) local party chairman, Atty. Melchor Rey Sadain refuted claims of District 2 Congressman Mannix Dalipe that he has been sworn as a member of the ruling administration party.

In an interview over a local radio station, Atty. Sadain said that Dalipe was once a member of the said political party before the elections in 2016 but he left and joined the Nationalist Peoples Coalition (NPC), which Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA) he used when he ran for Congressman as stated in his official Certificate of Candidacy (COC).

“A nominated candidate must prepare and file a formal nomination and acceptance certificate that is the CONA.  Failure to file such acceptance certificate will make the nomination void, for Dalipe’s case, he ran under NPC and not PDP, he should not deceive the people,” Sadain said.

Sadain related that before Dalipe hurdled to NPC in the 2016 elections, he was a PDP-LABAN member together with Councilor Rommel Agan who was then the city chairman, Al-Jihann Edding, Atty. Kim Elago and Rudy Bayot, all of them bolted from the PDP and joined the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) headed by former Vice-President Jejomar Binay.

“I was the only one left in the PDP during 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 said.

Sadain said that in their casual conversation with PDP Secretary General and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Congressman Celso Lobregat here, Alvarez told them to strengthen the ruling party here in Zamboanga City which was also acted upon by the duo.

Congressman Lobregat initiated the Basic Membership Seminar (BMS) and Oath-Taking on Wednesday of some 70 out of 98 barangay captains and some 469 Kagawads as an initial salvo of the ongoing Mindanao-wide membership campaign of the ruling administration party of President Duterte.

For his part, Lobregat also supported the statement of Atty. Sadain about Congressman Dalipe’s claim. He said that Dalipe is spreading false news to the people. And in fact, during the planning stage and even on the very day before Speaker Alvarez came to Zamboanga to administer the oath to barangay officials who joined PDP, Alvarez new all the while that Congressman Dalipe is not part of the group. He said that before Alvarez came to the city, his proposed itineraries and who will be invited must be cleared from his office and it is within the knowledge of the Speaker that Dalipe is not part of it, according to Lobregat.

“Speaker Alvarez knew about the status of Dalipe, and if he claims that he is a member of the ruling party, he should be present in the PDP seminar and oath-taking because it is a party activity, like Sadain who was beside me. The Speaker should have recognized him too. But NO,” Lobregat said.

In the said PDP party activity here in Zamboanga City, Speaker Alvarez knew that Lobregat has invited the PDP Western Mindanao bloc solons like Rep. Glona Labadlabad of the 2nd District of Zamboanga del Norte, Rep. Divina Grace Yu of the 1st District of Zamboanga del Sur, Rep. Wilter “Sharky” Palma II of the 1st District of Zamboanga Sibugay and Rep. Anne Hofer of the 2nd District of Zamboanga Sibugay.

Congressman Lobregat has appealed to Dalipe not to deceive the people by issuing false statements. (Dexter Yap)




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