By Alex San Juan
Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), a regional political party of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has formally inked an alliance with local party Serbisyo sa Bayan Party (SBP) led by Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte on Friday.
The presidential daughter said that the pact between HNP and SBP is an example of how people can unite for the country.
“We are here in Quezon City because we are looking for supporters and allies who can help push sectors towards advancing the causes of the administration of President Duterte. We go to different provinces and cities to recruit people to back the President in his remaining three years in office,” Duterte said in his keynote speech.
For Belmonte, she pointed out that the partnership between regional parties is a new political structure that can address local issues and problems.
“We chose to form an alliance with Hugpong ng Pagbabago because we have the same advocacies and goals directed towards the development and progress of our constituents,” Belmonte, who is running for Mayor in the 2019 elections, said.
Duterte and Belmonte led the pledge of alliance event at the Trinity University of Asia in Quezon City on Friday with members of both parties, many of whom are running for positions in the 2019 local and national elections, which was also attended by some 3,000 supporters.
The alliance, Duterte said, is also committed to endorse the senatorial candidacies of 14 candidates as well as the local campaigns of SBP’s forerunners.
Present at the ceremony were HNP Senatorial candidates led by Senator Cynthia Villar, former Senator Jinggoy Estrada, Maguindanao Representative Zajid Mangudadatu, Taguig City Representative Pia Cayetano, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, Senator Sonny Angara, former presidential spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque and broadcast journalist Jiggy Manicad.
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Martin Andanar was also present during the event to represent candidates Gen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa and former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Bong Go who were unable to attend.
Meanwhile, aside from Belmonte, the delegation from the SBP was also led by Councilor Gian Sotto, who is running for vice mayor, Representative and former House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, and the party’s candidates from Quezon City’s six districts.
During the event, Belmonte shared that the alliance between the two parties already bore fruit when SBP first signed an alliance with HNP in August.
Following the floods that lashed Quezon City last August, Duterte donated P500,000 to Belmonte to aid in the relief operations.
The two women leaders have also joined forces last July for the landmark renewal of sister city ties between Davao City and Quezon City and the launch of the “Tapang at Malasakit” volunteers’ movement in Quezon City.