LAOAG City, Ilocos Norte – The Hugpong ng Pagbabago will not engage in negative campaign or black propaganda, its chairman and founder Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said.
In a press conference after the campaign sortie, Mayor Duterte-Carpio said that her instruction to the senatorial candidates of HNP is to focus on their accomplishments and on presenting platforms rather than hitting candidates from the opposition.
Duterte-Carpio, together with HNP senatorial candidates Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos and re-electionist Sen. Cynthia Villar, were asked to comment if they feel alluded to by the statement of the opposition Otso Derecho that most of their candidates were involved in corruption issues.
“It’s not my kind of politics na atakihin ‘yung kalaban. Ang sinasabi ko lagi doon sa mga candidates namin, mag-focus tayo to present kung ano ‘yung track record, ‘yung individual track record at trabaho na track record at i-present kung ano ‘yung gagawin nila for the next three years,” Duterte-Carpio said.
For her part, Marcos, whose family for the longest time was accused of corruption, said while it is an election time it is better not to give importance to what the opposition candidates are saying.
“Panahon ng eleksyon ngayon, talagang bakbakan, at talagang batikusan. Pero huwag na ho nating patulan ang lahat, ang importante remain focused kung ano talaga ang kailangan ng bansa at kung anong support na mabibigay natin kay President Duterte,” Marcos said.
Villar also said her family never engaged in black propaganda as they would rather work harder to contribute to uplifting the lives of the people.
“Ako po talagang personal policy namin ng aming pamilya na hindi kami naninira ng iba. Ayaw namin niyan kasi mahirap na dadalhin mo pa sa konsensiya mo na bina-black pro (propaganda) mo ‘yung iba. Ang sasabihin namin ‘yung ginawa namin at ‘yung gagawin namin in the future,” Villar said.
Earlier, Otso Derecho candidate Atty Romy Macalintal said that the opposition is not known for being corrupt or thieves unlike the other candidates to which he did not name.
Macalintal also hit the administration candidates for banking on huge billboards and releasing their stories in film and on television.
The HNP has 13 candidates. Of the 13, two were charged with plunder – former Sen. Bong Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada — due to the pork barrel fund scam.
The other candidates of HNP are former MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino; former police chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa; former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go; reelectionists Sonny Angara; JV Ejercito and Koko Pimentel; Taguig City Rep. Cayetano and Maguindanao Rep. Dong Mangudadatu and former journalist Jiggy Manicad.