Sara’s Hugpong firms up ties with Joy’s SBP group
The Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) headed by Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Z. Duterte, on Friday officially forged an alliance with local government officials from Quezon City, through the local group Serbisyo ng Bayan Party (SBP), for the May 2019 mid-term elections.
Mayor Sara and Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte led the “pledge of alliance” during a gathering of local executives from the six districts of Quezon City at the Trinity University of Asia.
In her speech, she urged new allies of the HNP to help push for its senatorial candidates in next year’s polls.
“Naghahanap kami ng mga kaibigan at kaalyado para tumulong na itulak yung senators na tutulong sa administrasyon ni President (Rodrigo) Duterte (We are looking for friends and allies to help us in endorsing senators who would aid the administration of President Duterte),” Mayor Sara said.
The Davao City mayor also sent a “message of unity” to the people of Quezon City to unite with its leaders to bring positive change to the country.
“Kailangan magkaisa tayo sa likod ng mga napili nating leaders. Ang lakas ng leaders ay nasa taong mga sumusunod sa kanila. Dapat lahat tayo, we move in one direction and that is the direction of peace, progress and of development (We must unite behind our chosen leaders. The strength of our leaders comes from those who follow them),” she added.
The HNP-endorsed senatorial bets present during the event were Senator Cynthia Villar, Deputy House of Representatives Speaker Pia Cayetano, Senator Sonny Angara, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, former Palace spokesperson Harry Roque, former senator Jinggoy Estrada, and journalist Jiggy Manicad.
Former presidential aide Bong Go was represented by Communication Secretary Martin Andanar.
Also, part of the HNP senatorial line-up are Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, Maguindanao 2nd District Rep. Zajid Mangudadatu, former senator Ramon Revilla Jr., Dr. Willie Ong, former police chief Ronald dela Rosa, and former presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino. (PNA)