LAKAS-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) President Martin Romualdez yesterday asked Taclobanons to send to the Senate the senatorial candidates of Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) of Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.
Romualdez, Leyte first district congressional candidate, said this will help ensure the continuity of President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s legislative agenda in the last three years of his presidency.
“We need a strong Senate that would push the President’s legislative agenda. Let us help the candidates of Hugpong ng Pagbabago of Mayor Sara reach the Senate,” said Romualdez, the House Independent Bloc Leader of the 16th Congress, during yesterday’s campaign rally of HNP, Lakas-CMD, and Tingog partylist led by its first nominee and Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez.
“Once again, I appeal to 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, host of the campaign sortie, told the jampacked Tacloban City Convention Center or the Tacloban Astrodome.
“I would like to reiterate our strong support to President Duterte and his agenda for change,” Martin Romualdez added.
The 13 senatorial candidates of HNP are reelectionist Sens. 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, 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.
Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez has vowed anew to be the unifying and credible voice of four million Eastern Samar residents as first nominee of the Tingog Sinirangan party-list group.
In the pursuit of bringing more “malasakit” (compassionate) reforms to Eastern Visayas, Yedda Romualdez recognized Duterte-Carpio’s help.
“In this crusade, we are not alone. We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with partners such as Hugpong ng Pagbabago who share our cause. We stand confident knowing we have a President who himself championed the cause of regional governance. On behalf of all the nominees we make that commitment to be your voice. But that voice will only matter if all of us allow ourselves to be counted, and be heard. Stand with us, and together let us be heard!” said Yedda Romualdez.
The other nominees of Tingog Sinirangan are Jude A. Acidre, Jamie J. Go, Alexis V. Yu, and Jennifer C. Padual.
On November 7 last year, Tingog, Lakas-CMD, and HNP signed an alliance agreement for regional development.
Tingog, as a regional political party in Region 8, aims to “articulate the principles, hopes and aspirations of the people of Eastern Visayas in their common pursuit towards transformational politics, genuine shared governance and the full development of the country’s social, geographic and economic peripheries leading to the creation of a truly democratic representative democracy and the building of an inclusive and progressive Filipino community.”
The alliance of the two regional parties “will pave the way for a farther reach of the advocacies of both parties through the provision of mutual support.”