Sara, Miriam parties seal alliance

Sara’s charm Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte was among the busiest personalities in the traditional Christmas lighting ceremony at the Kalayaan grounds in Malacañang. YUMMIE DINGDING

The People’s Reform Party (PRP) of late Sen.Miriam Defensor-Santiago yesterday formally sealed its alliance with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte led-Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HnP), during a simple ceremony held at the historic Casa Roces near Malacañang Palace.

Duterte herself signed the pact in behalf of HnP while PRP was represented by party president and Santiago’s widower former Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Narciso “Jun” Santiago.

With the latest partnership, Duterte is optimistic that PRP would greatly enhance the chances of senatorial bets running under their banner for next year’s midterm polls.

“The intent of Hugpong ng Pagbabago in making alliances is to make friends with everybody around the country and request our friends to support a common senatorial line up for the 2019 senatorial elections,” Duterte-Carpio said.

“Hopefully, if these candidates win, they will, in turn, help the President for the remaining three years of his term until 2022,” she added.

To date, HnP is throwing its support for 14 senatorial candidates for the May 2019 elections, among them incumbent Senators Cynthia Villar, Koko Pimentel and Sonny Angara and JV Ejercito.

They are joined by former senators Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla and Pia Cayetano; Maguindanao Rep. Zajid Mangudadatu, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, former Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald de la Rosa.

Also with them are former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher “Kuya Bong” Go, former presidential spokesman Harry Roque, former presidential adviser Francis Tolentino and former television reporter Jiggy Manicad.

“We leave it up to the public to choose on who the 12 winning senators will be,” Duterte-Carpio said.

The formation of the alliance took place just a few hours before President Rodrigo Duterte posthumously conferred the Quezon Service Cross, the highest civilian distinction given by the Philippine government, to late Sen. Santiago.

Santiago, dubbed as the “Iron Lady of Asia,” succumbed to lung cancer in 2016.

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