Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) considers Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as the top contender for the party’s standard bearer. During the party’s 33rd anniversary celebration Saturday, PDP-Laban President Senator Aquilino Pimentel III said Duterte’s support within the membership of the party is strong and also has solid support from Visayas and Mindanao, however, it will undergo a proper process.
“As soon as we can call for a national convention and then the councils of each chapters are properly represented then when there is a formal motion, then we will now process the motion,” said Senator Pimentel.
Senator Pimentel also mentioned that Duterte’s running-mate will definitely come from Visayas or Luzon. He added, that Senator Miriam Santiago, who is from Iloilo City, is a possible running-mate.
“I think federalism is an idea that time has come, and PDP-Laban used to be the face of federalism that we are willing to give Mayor Duterte, and let him be the face of federalism,” Pimentel noted. “Since we need a better personality to embody, to become the face of federalism, and if Mayor Duterte wants to be the face, then we let him be the face of federalism.”