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Senatorial slate of ‘Hugpong ng Pagbabago’ kicks off campaign trail in Pampanga

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 04:40 PM

PAMPANGA, Philippines – Thousands of Kabalens flocked to the city of San Fernando on Tuesday (February 12) to show their support to the senatorial candidates of the ‘Hugpong ng Pagbabago’ Coalition, a regional political party founded by presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte-Carpio.

The Coalition endorses 13 names for the senatorial race though only 12 spots are open in the Senate.

“Mayroong mga senatorial candidates na lumapit at nagpatulong para.maghanap ng mga kaibigan sa ibat ibang lugar ng Pilipinas so naisip namin na tulungan sila dahil nakikita namin na tutulong din sila sa administrasyon ni President Duterte,” Mayor Sarah said.

The lady mayor said that even though they feel the pressure, considering the strength of the rival candidates, she is confident of the track records and contributions of their senatorial candidates to national progress.

“Well hopefully naniniwala naman sila lahat sa gustong mangyari nating lahat na positive change and nakikita nila yun sa sinusubukan na gawin ni President Duterte,” Mayor Sarah said.

“Hopefully yung mga tao sa probinsya ng Pampanga at sa buong Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao suportahan nila ang mga senators na kaibigan, kakampi, partner ni President Duterte sa Senado,” she promoted.

The Coalition’s senatorial aspirants who were present in the first day of campaign were Senators Cynthia Villar and Sonny Angara; Taguig Representative Pia Cayetano; Retired General Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa; Sen JV Ejercito; Former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go; Former Senators Bong Revilla Jr, and Jinggoy Estrada; Congressman Dong Mangudadatu; Atty. Francis Tolentino; and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos.

“Tayo naman po ay nagpapasalamat sa Hugpong kasi sila po ang namili kung sino ang i-endorse nila at tayo ay nagpapasalamat sa kanila kasi ini-endorse tayo,” expressed Senator Cynthia Villar.

The campaign kick-off rally was launched in Pampanga where President Duterte won a landslide vote in the 2016 presidential elections. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Leslie Huidem)

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PDP-Laban and Sarah Duterte’s ‘Hugpong’ eye merger

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, 30 July 2018 06:37 PM


Mayor Sarah Duterte meets House Speaker Gloria Arroyo at a thanksgiving party at SEDA on July 30. (Image courtesy of Office of the House Speaker)


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Ruling Party PDP-Laban is eyeing for a coalition with Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte’s “Hugpong ng Pagbabago.”

The possible coalition was confirmed by PDP-Laban member Quezon City Representative Winnie Castelo on Monday (July 30).

PDP-Laban is also considering the election of Rep. Gloria Arroyo to a higher position in the party especially now that she sits as the House Speaker.

In a thanksgiving party today, Speaker Arroyo and Mayor Duterte-Carpio exchanged pleasantries together with several congressmen. Arroyo, however, refused to disclose what transpired from their discussion.

“No, no it’s a private lunch. Private social lunch,” Arroyo said.

Meanwhile, lawmakers confirmed that another manifesto is circulating among the congressmen seeking for the election of Ilocos Norte Representative Rudy Fariñas to the position of House Majority Leader.

However, Congressman Castelo said it will be a challenge because Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos is blocking his bid.

But Arroyo’s camp hinted that the Speaker’s choice for House Majority leader is between Camarines Sur Representative Rolando Andaya and Capiz Representative Frednil Castro. – Grace Casin / Marje Pelayo

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Sen. Aquino hints at new coalition forming ‘genuine opposition’

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 12 April 2018 08:21 PM

FILE PHOTO: Senator Bam Aquino

MANILA, Philippines — One year before the 2019 midterm elections, reports of coalitions being formed for new election candidates have become more resonant.

Among these is the adoption of re-electionist senators under the party ‘Hugpong ng Pagbabago’ formed by presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

One of the re-electionist candidates Sen. Bam Aquino who is under the Liberal Party (LP) meantime hinted on anew group that can be possibly formed before the election day.

“In the past kahit hindi magkakalaban hindi magkakapartido. Ngayon na po siguro ‘yung panahon na kailangan ho talaga tayong magtulungan at magsama-sama,” said Sen. Aquino.

Rep. Gary Alejano, the new candidate being pushed by Magdalo group to run for Senate post, said he is open in case there is an offer to be a member of the said coalition.

“Hindi naman sarado ang grupong makipag-alyado sa ibang political parties or organizations just like before si Sen. Trillanes bilang bahagi ng Magdalo ay kasama rin ng koalisyon. Alam naman natin na malaki ang advantage din nakasama ka rin ng isang koalisyon,” said Alejano.

Makabayan bloc’s members are not yet decided on whether or not to run for Senate but they are open to join new parties.

“Sa October magpa-filing ng candidacy, kung meron mang makikipagtulungan malinaw naman ang aming mga tindig at tayo kung paano kami makipagtulungan sa ibang mga grupo,” said Rep. Carlos Zarate.

“Maraming mga pag-uusap ‘no so ayokong pangunahan pero magugulat ka kasi hindi ito ‘yung mga tradisyonal na pangalan,” said Aquino.

Lawmakers said it is still too early to talk about the upcoming 2019 midterm elections.

But the question still remains, is it possible for those who are colliding in politics before to be under one coalition? — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

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Mayor Sara Duterte vents on social media over ire against Speaker Alvarez

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 23 February 2018 11:01 AM

FILE PHOTO: House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez / Davao City Vice Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines —Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte threw emotional words toward House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on social media, Thursday.

In the presidential daughter’s post, she was very disappointed after Alvarez called her an opposition after she created a political party called Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP).

She even questioned the previous statement of Alvarez that he can impeach the president.

Mayor Duterte also said in one of her posts that somebody should tell the president what Alvarez is doing.

The issue came about when Alvarez was asked on Thursday concerning his reaction to the newly-created political party headed by Mayor Duterte.

The speaker responded saying, “Doon natin makikita na sa pulitika yung tinatawag nila minsan dynasty-dynasty. Alam mo hindi sa lahat ng panahon ay tama yun. Kahit na mag-ama yan, kahit na—minsan hindi tayo nagkakasundo. Magkapatid naglalaban sa pulitika. Paano natin pigilin yun? Sila mismo naglaban-laban di ba?”

 ( In politics, we see that what they sometimes call “dynasty” is not entirely true all the time. Fathers and children do not agree all the time. Even siblings fight in politics. They themselves clash.)

In a text message that the speaker sent out on Thursday, he denied all accusations that Mayor Sara has stated.

The official statement of Mayor Sara Duterte also said that the creation of their party has the blessing of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The mayor added that the president even approved the use of the word Hugpong as the name of their regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago.

She also said that she specifically informed the president that she will not be joining the PDP Laban. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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