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I’m not surprised that Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr.,
President Duterte’s biggest election campaign donor, has been expelled from the ruling party PDP-Laban.

​Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, national president of PDP-Laban, signed the letter of expulsion, along with Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, secretary-general of the party, and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, its vice-chairman.

​The letter of expulsion charged Floirendo with disloyalty to the party and its leaders; organizing and participating in an unauthorized and unsanctioned party convention thereby sowing disunity and discord within the party; and openly airing grievances before the public and media instead of settling internal disputes.

​But Floirendo’s expulsion was not only due to internal party matters. Alvarez had earlier filed a complaint for graft against Floirendo whose family-owned Tagum Development Corporation (Tadeco) entered into a contract with the Bureau of Corrections (Bucor) that was deemed disadvantageous to the government. Alvarez claimed that Floirendo had not divested from Tadeco when the contract was signed, thus there was also a clear conflict of interest on Floirendo’s part.

​Rep. Floirendo will now have to prepare for his legal defense as the Office of the Ombudsman has found probable cause to indict him for graft.

​Who was it who said that “bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote”?

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