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AQUINO on Pacquiao joining Binay: SO WHAT?

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MALACANANG is unfazed by boxing icon Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao’s reported move to the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay’s Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban).

The Palace is taking in stride Pacquiao’s decision to change political parties and run for governor under the banner of Binay’s party in next year’s mid-term elections.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that Pacquiao’s move is his “personal decision”.

“We have no further comment aside from that. That is his personal decision kung saang party siya sasali,” Valte said.

The Palace has many allies even if these allies are not with the ruling LP.

“Marami tayong kaibigan sa Kongreso na hindi natin kapartido pero kaalyado natin dahil suportado nila ang kanyang (President Aquino’s) programa at reform agenda,” she said.

PDP Laban is part of United Nationalist Alliance, a coalition of Binay with former President Joseph Erap Estrada’s Partido ng Masang Pilipino.

President Benigno Aquino of the Liberal Party has said that it is common knowledge Binay belongs to another party but they remain friends.

Valte also downplayed claims that Aquino snubbed Pacquiao at the  energy summit in Davao City Friday.

Valte explained that Aquino did not have time to read the names of all lawmakers present at the summit.

“[There were a] lot of lawmakers [so] the President did not mention all their names kasi ang dami.That’s why he only said ‘…and other members of the House of Representatives’,” she said.

Aquino’s alleged snub of Pacquiao came amid the reports of the latter’s plan to join Binay’s PDP-Laban.

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