Duterte won’t endorse Hugpong ng Pagbabago slate
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, February 14, said he respects the choices made by daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Dutertecarpio, but he will not endorse the 13-man Senate slate of her regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP).
Duterte said he would only campaign for the official and guest candidates of his political party Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-lakas ng Bayan (Pdp-laban) who were introduced during the proclamation and kick-off rally in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.
“Insofar ang Pdp-[laban] na nandito, (Insofar as those who are introduced during Pdplaban’s proclamation rally, I will support their candidacy). I have no quarrel with Inday actually. But I respect her as decision, go among the aspirants who choose to form a ticket,” the President told reporters on the sidelines of the presentation of Pdp-laban’s Senate slate.
“Ako naman, meron din akong sariling nagustuhan along this year. Ang problema namin ni Inday, she’s a politician (I have my own choice. I have preferred candidates along this year. The problem is Inday, she’s a politician). And I am also. So we cannot agree on all, especially on all of the personalities there,” he added.
Duterte officially endorsed Pdp-laban’s five official senatorial candidates, namely former special assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go, former presidential adviser on political affairs Francis Tolentino, former Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, and Maguindanao Representative Zajid Mangudadatu.
He also proclaimed incumbent senators Juan Edgardo Angara, Cynthia Villar, and Joseph Victor Ejercito; former senator and Taguig Representative Pia Cayetano; Ilocos Norte Governor Maria Imelda Josefa Marcos; and singer Freddie Aguilar as guest candidates of the Pdp-laban.
Duterte explained his reason for not supporting the candidacy of former senator Jinggoy Estrada, whom he previously endorsed.
“Because I have to be true to myself. Kung ano ‘yung sinabi ko dito, ‘yun na ang suportahan ko (What I said here is I’ll only support those who are here),” he said.
“Nandoon siya eh (He’s part of the HNP’S Senate slate). We know that he (Estrada) has suffered. We know that he is in prison,” he added./sunstar Philippines