By Yas Ocampo
DAVAO CITY — Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio is leading a regional party calling itself the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), aimed at boosting local support for the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The party will be spearheaded by Duterte’s daughter and four Davao Region governors, namely: Davao Occidental Gov. Claude Bautista, Davao del Norte Gov. Antonio del Rosario, Compostela Valley Gov. Jayvee Tyron Uy, and Davao Oriental Gov. Nelson Dayanghirang.
The move comes midway in the tenure of local government officials, as 2018 will be seeing the registration of candidates for next year’s local elections.
Davao City Information Officer Jefry Tupas said the party leadership would consist of four governors from the Davao Region, with Mayor Duterte as the party chair.
The party will introduce itself this Friday at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City, with around 500 members expected to attend.
The party will be discussing its registration plans this year at the Commission on Elections.
The party appears to be likely inspired by the Dutertes’ home party in the local elections, the Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod, which was also the primary battlecry of President Duterte. The party looks distinct from but supportive of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino – Laban (PDP Laban) which campaigned for change in the 2016 national elections.
Whether the local Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod would integrate itself into the HNP or would co-exist as another local party was not yet clear.