Danny D. eyes VM or Congress

VETERAN City Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang said he will likely be running for a higher position in the next elections.

The second district councilor who is the national chair of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) said he is considering running for either Congress or the Vice Mayor in 2019.

During the weekly Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao where he was one of the guests yesterday, Dayanghirang said he will base his decision on the endorsement of Mayor Sara Duterte.

Dayanghirang, an eight-term elected second district councilor who was first appointed as OIC councilor right after the EDSA Revolution in 1986, said he can still run for the city council in the next election. He was first elected as city councilor in 1988 and won in the two succeeding elections, thus he served three terms until 1998.

He won a council seat anew in 2001 and again won in the two succeeding election, thus serving anew as councilor until 2010.

He ran and won anew a council seat in 2013 and 2016.

Resigning

Dayanghirang also revealed yesterday that he resigned from the ruling national party PDP Laban to focus on Mayor Duterte’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), a newly established regional political party.

Dayanghirang served as the vice chair on the membership committee of PDP Laban-Mindanao.

Mayor Duterte’s HNP unites major political leaders in the regions, particularly the governors, in their effort to spread the economic development to the grassroots.

Support

Dayanghirang said he also supports the move to have Presidential son Sebastian “Baste” Duterte to fill up the vacant spot in the city council.

Baste’s elder brother Paolo “Pulong” Duterte resigned as Vice Mayor last Christmas. With this, City Councilor Bernard Al-ag, the highest vote-earner in the last council elections, took over Pulong’s post, thus his previous spot was left vacant.

Dayanghirang said he heard many barangay captains are lobbying for Baste to fill up the vacancy.

Members of Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod, the ruling local political party in which the Dutertes, Al-ag and Dayanghirang belong, are yet to decide on the matter.

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