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

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

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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Sara Duterte: House Speakership term-sharing up to Solons

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, March 25th, 2019

Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Chairperson and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the installment of the next Speaker of the House of Representatives is not her call to make.

Duterte-Carpio made the statement following reports about her alleged endorsements of some Congressional bets as the next House Speaker.

During the Visayas leg of Hugpong’s campaign rally, she introduced former Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez as “the next Speaker of the House” in Tacloban City on March 20, and Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco during their campaign stop in Tagbilaran, Bohol on March 21.

Romualdez is running for Leyte first district Representative in the coming May Midterm polls. He is a nephew of former first lady Imelda Marcos and a known ally of incumbent House Speaker Gloria Arroyo.

Velasco, meanwhile, is the son of former Supreme Court Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco, Jr.

The Presidential daughter later clarified that the HNP was only supporting Romualdez’s and Velasco’s bids for the influential post like how they support former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano who is also gunning for the House Speakership.

READ: Sara Duterte clarifies ‘endorsement’ of Romualdez as next Speaker

“Walay choice of one but ang ginatan-aw namu kung kinsa ang supporter ni President Duterte because we need the House of Representatives to move towards the direction of the President,” the lady Mayor said at the sidelines of Hugpong’s campaign rally in Cebu on March 22.  

(There is no choice of one but we are looking for those who support President Duterte because we need the House of Representatives to move towards the direction of the President)

When pressed if she sees term-sharing as a possible compromise between the contenders for Speakership, Duterte-Carpio said it is not her call to make.

“It’s for the congressmen to decide,” she said.

The Presidential daughter earlier said it is too early to talk about the Speakership because the elections have yet to take place.

Duterte-Carpio reportedly maneuvered the controversial ouster of Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez and the ascension of Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo as House Speaker in July 2018. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Grace Casin)

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Sara Duterte clarifies ‘endorsement’ of Romualdez as next Speaker

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

(L-R) Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and former Congressman Ferdinand Martin Romualdez

MANILA, Philippines — Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) chairperson and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has clarified her endorsement of former Congressman Ferdinand Martin Romualdez as the next Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Duterte-Carpio on Tuesday (March 19) surprised many when she introduced Romualdez as the next House Speaker on stage at a campaign sortie in Tacloban City, Leyte.

Romualdez is running for Leyte first district representative in the coming May midterm polls. He is the nephew of former first lady Imelda Marcos.

But the lady mayor later clarified that the HNP was only supporting Romualdez’s bid for the influential post like how they support Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco and former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, who are both gunning for the House Speakership.

Duterte-Carpio added, it is too early to talk about the Speakership because the elections have yet to take place.

“The best time to talk about that is after the elections,” she stressed.

The Presidential daughter, however, reiterated her stand against the return of Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez to the post.

Alvarez belongs to Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Laban ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), the political party headed by the Mayor’s father, President Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte-Carpio reportedly maneuvered Alvarez’s controversial ouster and the ascension of Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as House Speaker in July 2018. – Robie de Guzman

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2019 POLLWATCH: Admin, opposition senatorial bets continue to woo voters

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

(Top) President Duterte raises the hands of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-LABAN) senatorial bets. (Middle) Former President Benigno Aquino III endorses the Otso Diretso slate during the EDSA People Power anniversary. (Bottom) Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and Hugpong ng Pagbabago senatorial aspirants pose with President Duterte’s fist salute during the launch of their campaign.  (Photos: PCOO|PVI| HNP Page)

Senatorial bets for the May 2019 midterm elections continue to hold campaign sorties in a bid to persuade the public to cast votes in their favor.

On Tuesday, March 5, candidates of the administration-backed Hugpong ng Pagbabago party visited Antipolo City and Bacoor City, Cavite. Hugpong bets Francis Tolentino, Sonny Angara, JV Ejercito, Jinggoy Estrada, Cynthia Villar, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, former Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. and former Police Chief Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa joined the political rally.

The Senatorial bets of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), on the other hand, traveled to Bangued, Abra to hold a campaign rally with President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday.

The Opposition slate ‘Otso Diretso’, meanwhile, went to Muntinlupa City to woo voters in a town hall meeting. Those who joined the campaign sortie were senatorial aspirants Erin Tañada, Atty. Romulo Macalintal, Samira Gutoc and former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay.

Senator Bam Aquino, Atty. Chel Diokno and Magdalo Party-list Representative Gary Alejano were not in attendance but sent their respective representatives instead.

On March 6, Wednesday, the ‘Otso Diretso’ slate will go to Marikina City and Rizal province while Hugpong bets will visit Parañaque and Las Piñas, based on schedules sent to media. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Correspondent Grace Casin)

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