Duterte won’t en­dorse Hug­pong ng Pag­babago slate

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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

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