TACLOBAN City – LEADERS of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD), Tingog Sinirangan party-list group, and the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) regional party yesterday forged an alliance here to support the senatorial candidates of President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte and ensure the continuity of his legislative agenda in the next three years.
Lakas-CMD President Martin Romualdez, Tingog Sinirangan party-list first nominee and Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt Romualdez and Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) regional party head and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio underscored the importance of ensuring that in the last three years of President Duterte in office his legislative agenda are implemented.
“I ask all of you to help the senatorial candidates of Hugpong ng Pagbabago whom I trust will carry on President Duterte’s agenda of genuine change,” Martin Romualdez told the jampacked Tacloban City Convention Center or the Tacloban Astrodome during the signing of the agreement Wednesday.
“I would like to reiterate our strong support to President Duterte and his agenda for change,” Martin Romualdez added.
In her speech, Duterte-Carpio said the senatorial poll is crucial because President Duterte needs all the support he can get from Congress, especially in the Senate.
“Let’s support our senatorial candidates because he (President Duterte) needs senators who will push his agenda in the last three years of his term,” Duterte-Carpio said in her speech.
During the event, Duterte-Carpio named 14 senatorial candidates whom she endorsed for the public to vote which include reelectionist Sen. Sonny Angara, Cynthia Villar, Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, and Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, former presidential assistant Bong Go, former Sens. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Bong Revilla, former presidential spokesman Harry Roque, Deputy Speaker and Taguig City Rep. Pia Cayetano, former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Bato dela Rosa, Maguindanao Rep. Zajid Mangudadatu, Dr. Willie Ong and former presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino.
Those who attended the event were Estrada, Marcos, Go, Mangudadatu, Roque, and Ong while others sent their representatives, including Revilla who was represented by his wife, Bacoor City Mayor Lani Revilla.
Duterte-Carpio also bared before the crowd that former President-turned-Manila City Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada appealed for her to support his two sons, Jinggoy and JV.
In jest, Duterte-Carpio also said that the two sons of Mayor Estrada are not comfortable to share one stage after noticing the presence of Jinggoy and the absence of JV in yesterday’s event.
In his speech at the Astrodome, Estrada thanked Duterte and the Romualdez couple for supporting his senatorial bid.
At the same time, Estrada vowed to investigate the alleged failure of the previous administration to download all the multibillion-peso Yolanda funds for Tacloban City and the victims of the super typhoon.
For her part, Marcos told the Taclobanons that she would prioritize helping the agriculture sector by keeping the prices of rice low.
In a brief interview with the Manila-based reporters, Marcos bared that she was able to keep their premium rice at P27 per kilo level despite the reported scarcity of the staple in the market.
“Napapanatili naming mura ang presyo ng bigas sa amin kasi kami ang bumibili sa mga traders at wala ng tubo o kaya [iyung] NFA (National Food Authority) rice dinadagdagan namin ng kaunti kasi ayaw na ayaw ko na tumataas ang presyo ng bigas,” said Marcos.