Roaring start for campaign season


It will be a busy campaign season for the administration bets for this year’s midterm elections.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s regional party — Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) — is set to conduct over 100 campaign events that will begin in the province of Pampanga on 12 February.

According to Davao City’s chief executive, the HNP will launch its campaign caravan in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and the kick-off event is set in the cities of San Fernando and Angeles.
Pampanga is the bailiwick of Gov. Lilia Pineda, chairman of regional party Kambilan, which sealed an alliance with the HNP last year.

Duterte-Carpio said after the event in Pampanga, the party will hold campaign rallies in other areas of Central and Northern Luzon such as in Bataan, Pangasinan, Baguio, Vigan City, Laoag City, Isabela, Nueva Ecija and Bulacan.

According to the tentative schedule of the party, HNP will culminate the month of February with events in Metro Manila cities.

Hugpong ng Pagbabago is endorsing 13 senatorial candidates for the 2019 midterm elections, namely: Senators Cynthia Villar, Koko Pimentel and Sonny Angara; former Senators Jinggoy Estrada, JV Ejercito, Bong Revilla and Pia Cayetano; Maguindanao Rep. Zajid Mangudadatu, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, former police chief Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa, former presidential aide “Bong” Go, former Presidential legal adviser Francis Tolentino and journalist Jiggy Manicad.

Duterte’s regional party also vowed to endorse the five candidates of President Rodrigo Duterte’s PDP-Laban party, dubbed MaBaGoKoTo — Mangudadatu, De la Rosa, Go, Pimentel and Tolentino — and they are set to hold their own campaign kick-off event in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.

Meanwhile, the “Otso Diretso” senatorial slate, a coalition composed of opposition parties, recently announced that it will start its election campaign in Caloocan City and Naga City in Camarines Sur, on 12 and 13 February, respectively.

Backed by the Liberal Party, the Otso Diretso line-up is composed of Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, re-electionist Sen. Bam Aquino, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, civic leader Samira Gutoc, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and former Deputy Speaker Erin Tañada.

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