MANILA, Philippines — The ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) will be accepting new members until the end of February 2018, Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III announced Tuesday.
Aquilino, president of PDP-Laban, said that the overwhelming number of pending applications pushed them to extend the deadline for recruitment of new members.
"It will be unjust to arbitrarily close the gates when so many applications for membership remain unacted upon," Pimentel said.
Pimentel earlier said that the party should focus on teaching members the party ideology and program of government to build a "solid and united front" for the May 2019 national and local elections.
According to a press release on Monday, "PDP-Laban as a party advocates Theism, Humanism, Enlightened Nationalism, Democratic Socialism, Participatory and Consultative Democracy, and Federalism."
Justifying the deadline extension, Pimentel added that the party's plan to consolidate its gains for the upcoming midterm elections is "still in force."
"We have to deal with the influx of new members and ensure everyone in the Party is aware of our ideals, goals, and values," he said, adding "2019 will be an issue-based election, not a personality contest."
A few weeks ago, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez released a list a partial list of the party's senatorial bets including presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, PCOO Assistant Secretary Margaux "Mocha" Uson, Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Negros Occidental), Rep. Karlo Nograles (Davao City), Rep. Geraldine Roman (Bataan) and presidential adviser Francis Tolentino.