Koko on PDP-Laban, Communist Party of China ‘alliance’: “Isn’t this a free country?”

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  • Senate President Koko Pimentel has defended the perceived alliance between PDP-Laban and THE Communist Party of China
  • Pimentel maintained this does not mean the ruling party will copy the principles of the other side
  • The Liberal Party has also released a statement, criticizing the event

MANILA, Philippines  –  Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel has defended the perceived alliance between the country’s ruling PDP-Laban party and China’s communist party.

This after officials of the Communist Party of China (CPC) were spotted dining with members of the PDP-Laban at the latter’s 36th anniversary celebration held last Tuesday, February 27.

Pimentel, the ruling party’s president, said the anniversary also coincides with first anniversary of the CPC-PDP cooperation agreement signed in February 2017 and the two Chinese party officials were special guests.

“Isn’t this a free country? If someone else wants to run the party then they should first join the party, and then get elected as party leader and then run it the way they want to run it,” said Pimentel; addressing criticisms on the timing of the event amid the controversy in the West Philippine Sea.

The Senate President added that although there were exchanges between high-level party officials as well as round table discussions on subjects of common interests, this does not mean the PDP-Laban will have to copy the principle of the other side.

According to a Philstar story, the Chinese delegation reportedly held a symposium at the event and “gave out 600 copies of new books praising Chinese leader Xi Jinping”.

Meanwhile the Liberal Party (LP) has criticized the event; saying “it leaves a bad taste in the mouth” especially that the two countries are deep in conflict over the ongoing militarization of the West Philippine Sea.

“Propriety dictates that we should be more judicious of the people we choose to invite to wine and dine. Is this a celebration of our subservience, docility, and surrender?” said LP Vice President for External Affairs Rep. Erin Tañada in a statement.