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

Marje Pelayo   •   February 12, 2019   •   2801

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)

Sara Duterte nixes ‘counter-productive’ term sharing for House Speaker

Robie de Guzman   •   July 5, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) head and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Friday rejected the proposed term-sharing set-up for the speaker of the House of Representatives of the 18th Congress.

Duterte-Carpio said term-sharing will only be “counter-productive” and may “slow down” the last three years of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

She also believes that this set-up would only create an environment of “deceit, dissent and distrust” in the House of Representatives, with other aspirants working to unseat the incumbent leader.

“In a term sharing situation, the House of Representatives will be racked with unseating the incumbent Speaker, deceit, dissent and distrust,” the presidential daughter said in a statement.

“We do not know why the term sharing influencers do not seem to care what will happen to the House. They just want to install a Speaker and do not think about what comes after,” she added.

The Davao mayor emphasized that members of the House, as well as political parties, should have the final say on the speakership issue.

“Let us leave the Speaker issue to the members of the House of Representatives and the political parties and that includes HNP and HTL (Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod),” she said.

The HNP earlier nominated Davao City 3rd District Representative Isidro Ungab as its candidate for the speakership race while the president’s party, the PDP-Laban, vowed to support the bid of Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco.

READ: Hugpong ng Pagbabago endorses Ungab for House Speaker post

READ: Koko Pimentel says PDP-Laban to still support Velasco’s speakership bid

Talks on term-sharing for the Speaker floated after speakership contender, Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano claimed he had agreed to serve as speaker for 15 months and be succeeded by Velasco for 21 months.

Velasco denied agreeing to such a deal with Cayetano.

READ: Velasco denies agreeing to House speakership term-sharing deal with Cayetano

The matter on speakership even got more complicated after Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte announced his possible bid for the post.

He said he decided to gun for the highest House post to unite its members being divided by the race. He also proposed that the position be shared by representatives from Mindanao, Visayas, Luzon, and the party-list groups.

In line with his bid to unify the House of Representatives, Duterte and eight other solons said they formed a coalition which will be composed of congressmen who are committed to institute governance and development reforms that are necessary for the Philippines to secure its rightful place in the world stage of nations, particularly in the Southeast Asian region.

Davao Rep. Ungab accepts Hugpong’s House speaker nomination

Robie de Guzman   •   July 4, 2019

Davao City 3rd District Rep. Isidro Ungab

MANILA, Philippines – Davao City Third District Representative Isidro Ungab has accepted the endorsement of regional party, Hugpong ng Pagbabago, as a candidate for House Speaker.

In a statement, Ungab said he will abide by the decision of the party.

“I am deeply honored for the endorsement as House Speaker. I am a good soldier under the command of every Filipino,” he said.

“I am ready, willing and capable to serve in any capacity. I reiterate my commitment to support the legislative agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte, ensure further economic growth, lower poverty incidence and to help create more opportunities for all Filipinos,” he added.

On Wednesday (July 3), the HNP which is led by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, nominated Ungab as its bet for the speakership amid a tight race in the House of Representatives of the 18th Congress.

READ: Hugpong ng Pagbabago endorses Ungab for House Speaker post

The HNP said they nominated Ungab for the top House post in case President Rodirgo Duterte rejects the intent of his son, Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte, to join the speakership race “because of delicadeza.”  

“Therefore, we are endorsing the bid of Congressman Isidro Ungab for Speaker,” the party said.

It can be recalled that on Tuesday (July 2), Paolo Duterte announced his possible bid for speakership amid talks on term-sharing. He also proposed that the speaker of the house post be shared by representatives from Mindanao, Visayas, Luzon, and the party-list groups.

President Duterte earlier said he will step down from office should his son decide to gun for House speakership.

The HNP said Ungab is an experienced legislator and the only congressman to hold the chairmanships of both Ways and Means and Appropriations Committees.

Ungab assured he is ready and open to work with everyone, even expressing hope that every member will work towards unity to establish a strong House.

“HNP hopes that everyone will aim for and work towards unity and cooperation in order to establish a strong and efficient House,” he said.

Other contenders for the speakership post are Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano, Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez, Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco and Pampanga Representative Aurelio Gonzales.

House members are expected elect the next Speaker when the session of the 18th Congress opens in the morning of July 22, the same day when President Duterte delivers his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Hugpong ng Pagbabago endorses Ungab for House Speaker post

Robie de Guzman   •   July 3, 2019

Davao City 3rd District Rep. Isidro Ungab

MANILA, Philippines – Regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), led by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, on Wednesday endorsed Davao City 3rd District Rep. Isidro Ungab for the speakership post in the House of Representatives of the 18th Congress.

The party’s endorsement of Ungab comes after the announcement of Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte of his possible speakership bid amid a tight race in the lower House’s leadership.

“We understand if President [Rodrigo] Duterte, because of delicadeza, will not accept the intent of our brother from Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod, Congressman Paolo Duterte, to resolve the conflict among candidates,” the party said in a statement released on Wednesday.  

“Therefore, we are endorsing the bid of Congressman Isidro Ungab for Speaker,” it said.

The party said Ungab is a four-term congressman and the only lawmaker to hold the chairmanships of both Ways and Means and Appropriations Committees.

“We suggest that Cong. Alan Peter Cayetano take the Majority Leader position, Cong. Lord Alan Velasco to take the Appropriations Committee, and Cong. Martin Romualdez to head the Accounts Committee,” the party said.

“We earnestly hope that everyone can see the light in this option and move forward with urgency in serving our country,” it added.

Nine out of 13 senatorial candidates endorsed by Duterte-Carpio’s political party won in the May Midterm polls.

She was also reported to be the one behind the ouster of former speaker, Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon Alvarez before President Duterte delivered his State of the Nation Address (SONA) in 2018. (with details from Grace Casin)

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