LUCENA City, Quezon – Hugpong ng Pagbabago founder and chairman Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio sees nothing wrong with political dynasties.
In an interview after the campaign sortie here, Mayor Duterte said political dynasty is also being practiced in other countries not just in the Philippines.
The presidential daughter said as long as candidates are being voted by the people in an honest, orderly and peaceful election the system is acceptable.
“Political dynasty is not a thing that is specific to the Philippines as long as the candidate goes through fair and honest elections, where people are allowed to vote kung sino ang gusto nilang piliin,” Mayor Duterte said.
During the campaign here, Mayor Duterte showed her strong support and even campaigned for the Suarez clan, whose members are running for key positions.
For the first time in this campaign period, Mayor Duterte campaigned for local candidates.
“Kung nakatira ako dito sa Quezon, iboboto ko sila Manong Danny and Jay-Jay,”she told the crowd in the Quezon Covention Center wherein around 20,000 people attended.
After the campaign sortie, Mayor Duterte and Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, a leader of Lakas-CMD forged alliances with the ceremonial exchange of party symbol.
Suarez is running for Governor while his son the incumbent Gov. Jayjay Suarez is running for 2nd Distrit Representative. Replacing the older Suarez in 3rd District is former Congresswoman Aleta Suarez.
Meanwhile, Jayjay’s wife Anna Villaraza-Suarez is the incumbent first nominee of ALONA party-list. She is seeking re-election.
The Hugpong ng Pagbabago is endorsing former MMDA chief Francis Tolentino; re-electionist Sonny Angara, Cynthia Villar, JV Ejercito and Koko Pimentel; former journalist Jiggy Manicad; former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go; former PNP Chief Bato dela Rosa; Ilocos Gov. Imee Marcos; Taguig City Rep. Pia Cayetano; Maguindanao Rep. Dong Mangudadatu; former Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada.