People’s National Party, PNP, President, Dr Peter Phillips’ surrogates are hitting back at his detractors, who’ve criticized the leader’s weight and image.

Dr Phillips is facing a leadership challenge from Central Manchester Member of Parliament, Peter Bunting.

Days after publicly announcing his decision to challenge Dr Phillips for the party’s top post, Mr Bunting released a short video of himself in the gym working out to the tune of Popcaan’s ‘Firm and Strong’.

But, Dr Phillips’ surrogates directly rebuffed his critics at the launch of his One PNP, Powerful together campaign last evening.

Stevian Simmonds reports:

From Alexander Bustamante to current Prime Minister Andrew Holness, none of the nation’s Prime Ministers have faced criticisms about being too fat.

But, Dr Peter Phillips’ weight has come into question, and more so now that he’s trying to stave off a leadership challenge from Mr Bunting, in the hope of becoming Jamaica’s tenth Prime Minister.

PNP Vice President and arguably the most popular comrade in the country, Damion Crawford, says the criticisms against Dr Phillips are frivolous.

Mr Crawford was delivering Dr Phillips’ introduction speech.

When Dr Phillips took the stage, he defended his performance as party leader and also sought to rebuff his critics.

Another Phillips surrogate, Caretaker for East St Andrew, Venesha Phillips, also lashed out at the leader’s detractors.

And, Dr. Phillips’ campaign manager, Natalie Neita, told comrades that the word fat is outmoded.