Lakas, HNP sign for­mal al­liance

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Lor­raine Mitzi A. Am­brad/GAN

The tie that binds Cebu 5th District con­gres­sional can­di­date Vin­cent “Duke” Frasco and pres­i­den­tial daugh­ter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Car­pio is fur­ther strength­ened when Lakas-Chris­tian Mus­lim Democrats (CMD) and Hug­pong ng Pag­babago (HNP) signed a for­mal al­liance re­cently.

Lakas CMD was the dom­i­nant party when Speaker Glo­ria Ar­royo was pres­i­dent. Frasco is a mem­ber of CMD, while Duterte-Car­pio is the founder of HNP.

The two po­lit­i­cal par­ties signed the al­liance last Wed­nes­day at the Ta­cloban City Astrodome with over 5,000 in at­ten­dance.

The sign­ing was led by Mayor Sara Duterte for HNP, for­mer Con­gress­man Fer­di­nand Mar­tin Ro­mualdez for Lakas CMD, and Con­gress­woman Yedda Ro­mualdez for Tin­gog Partylist.

Frasco, as a rank­ing mem­ber of Lakas CMD, stood as one of the wit­nesses at the sign­ing to­gether with his wife, Liloan Mayor Christina Gar­cia-Frasco.

The pres­i­den­tial daugh­ter had en­dorsed Frasco’s can­di­dacy for Congress last Oc­to­ber 22 dur­ing Sara's sign­ing of the Davao Liloan Sis­ter­hood Agree­ment.

In a press re­lease, Team Frasco said that the al­liance signed by the two po­lit­i­cal par­ties last Wed­nes­day is seen to ce­ment even fur­ther Duterte-Car­pio's sup­port for Frasco's bid for the fifth con­gres­sional district of Cebu.

Duterte-Car­pio was the guest speaker at the gath­er­ing of lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tives and of­fi­cials, sen­a­to­rial can­di­dates, and sec­toral rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Leyte.

In her speech, she ex­pressed grat­i­tude for the coali­tion sign­ing and called for sup­port for HNP’s sen­a­to­rial can­di­dates.

In her visit to Cebu, Duterte-Car­pio en­dorsed sen­a­to­rial can­di­dates Cyn­thia Vil­lar, Pia Cayetano, Imee Mar­cos, Jing­goy Estrada, ER Ejercito, Ser­gio Os­meña, Bato dela Rosa, Bong Go, Koko Pi­mentel, Dong Man­gu­da­datu, Sonny An­gara, To­lentino, Bong Revilla, Jiggy Man­i­cad, and Harry Roque.

Ro­mualdez had an­nounced that Lakas CMD will be sup­port­ing the sen­a­to­rial bets en­dorsed by the HNP.

Aside from LAKASCMD, the Na­tion­al­ist Peo­ples Coali­tion (NPC) also has an ex­ist­ing al­liance with HNP.

In Cebu, NPC mem­ber and Fifth District Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Red Du­rano is seek­ing re-elec­tion and would go against Frasco.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Pres­i­den­tial daugh­ter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte raises the hand of Liloan Mayor Christina Gar­cia-Frasco dur­ing the for­mal al­liance of Lakas-Chris­tian Mus­lim Democrats (CMD) and Hug­pong ng Pag­babago in Ta­cloban City. Frasco’s hus­band, Duke, (left) is a rank­ing of­fi­cial of Lakas-CMD.

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