SENATE President Aquilino Martin Pimentel III yesterday confirmed that he would swear in Mayor Oscar Moreno and over a dozen other Cagayan de Oro officials as new members of the PDP-Laban before the month ends.
But while the PDP oath-taking rites at the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines would push through as scheduled this Jan. 27, Pimentel said Moreno and the other new party members would need to undergo PDP-Laban’s basic membership seminar just like other members.
Pimentel is the president of PDP-Laban.
But if not possible before Jan. 27, Pimentel said, “Utang pa nila ang BMS.”
Based on the party’s rules, members are required to undergo a two-day seminar and until they do, Moreno and Co. would not be considered “full members”, he said.
Pimentel however clarified that the officials’ failure to take the seminar before Jan. 27 won’t stop the oathtaking scheduled in the city.
Those scheduled to take their oath together with Moreno are Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin Uy, Rep. Rolando Uy of the city’s 1st District, councilors George Goking, Romeo Calizo, Zaldy Ocon, Reuben Daba, Jay Pascual, Ma. Lourdes Gaane;
Teodulfo Lao Jr., Enrico Salcedo, Ian Mark Nacaya, Annie Daba, Suzette Daba, and Edna Dahino.
Franklin Quijano, head of the PDP-Laban in Region 10, said PDP-Laban officials have made a commitment to intensify the BMS as a means to build and consolidate the party. He raised this concern in a Jan. 16 letter addressed to Pimentel.
The letter focused on “legislators”. Part of it reads: “We conceded to the acceptance of legislators to the Party provided that these, legislators with their followers, be required to undergo PDP-Laban Basic Membership Seminars to be participated inclusively by the Party officers and members.”
Also signing the letter addressed to Pimentel are PDP-Laban leaders in Misamis Oriental, Valencia City, Bukidnon, Iligan and Lanao del Norte. The signatories include Viernes Enteria, Vicente Santos, Rafael Abrogar, Maria Violita Olivam, Rodolfo Pancrudo, Nestor Ampalayo, Roberto Quico, Lanao del Norte, Roberto Quijano, Henry Debatos, Gerardo Guiuo, and Leonardo Olivo. (nitz arancon)