Hugpong to reorganize

The ruling Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod party in the city is seeing a parallel reorganization with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) processing the request of a more regional alliance called Hugpong ng Pagbabago.

Mayor Sara Duterte is a leader in both parties.

Mayor Duterte is one of its lead convenors of Hugpong ng Pagbabago.

Her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, was the lead figure of Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod during his term as the city mayor.

President Duterte is now the figurehead of the national ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban) that helped him win the 2016 Presidential elections.

“We’re looking at that [reorganization],” Mayor Duterte said, adding that she is a member of both Hugpong parties.

The Mayor spoke with reporters after an engagement with Filipino-Chinese business players at the Marco Polo Davao Jade Room on Saturday.

However, she said that there was no need to leave one party over the other, with the revamp only designed to identify key leaders for the upcoming elections.

Asked whether this was also because of the migration of Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod members to national posts, Mayor Duterte said “kana pud (that, too).”

Mayor Duterte was scheduled to induct leaders of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago party in Davao Oriental on Sunday in time for the celebration of its provincial founding anniversary.

Meanwhile, Mayor Duterte told reporters on Saturday that there have been only three candidates so far who could be enjoying the endorsement of Hugpong ng Pagbabago.

The possible senatorial candidates that get the support of Hugpong ng Pagbabago are former Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa, Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go, and Senator JV Ejercito.

“That’s if they decide to run,” Mayor Duterte said.

The Presidential daughter has also been cryptic so far about her future plans, a Duterte tactic in the bailiwick of Davao City since the family started occupying the major positions in the city.

During the last filing of candidacies, Mayor Duterte and father Rodrigo did not reveal, even at the last minute, whether a Duterte would run for President.

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