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HNP’s cam­paign launch­ing in Pam­panga was backed by Gov­er­nor Lilia Pineda and Vice-Gov­er­nor Den­nis “Delta” Pineda’s lo­cal party Ka­panalig at Kam­bi­lan Ding Me­malen Ka­pam­pan­gan (KAM­BI­LAN).

KAM­BI­LAN was one of the first lo­cal par­ties which forged an al­liance with the then-emerg­ing Davao re­gional HNP party chaired by the pres­i­den­tial daugh­ter in Au­gust 2018.

The HNP’s 13-man sen­a­to­rial slate in­cluded Sen­a­tors Cyn­thia Vil­lar, Koko Pi­mentel, Sonny An­gara and JV Ejercito; for­mer sen­a­tors Jing­goy Estrada, Bong Revilla and Pia Cayetano; Maguin­danao Rep. Za­jid Man­gu­da­datu, Ilo­cos Norte Gov­er­nor Imee Mar­cos, for­mer po­lice chief Ron­ald “Bato” dela Rosa, for­mer pres­i­den­tial aide Bong Go, for­mer pres­i­den­tial po­lit­i­cal ad­viser Fran­cis To­lentino and jour­nal­ist Jiggy Man­i­cad.

The cam­paign launch­ing, which gath­ered around 25,000 Ka­pam­pan­gans from all cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the province, is aimed at so­lid­i­fy­ing votes from the vote-rich province of Pam­panga.

Dur­ing the 2016 elec­tions, Pam­panga ranked third among the high­est vote-yield­ing prov­inces in the coun­try with more than 1.2 mil­lion reg­is­tered vot­ers.

In an in­ter­view with me­dia af­ter the launch­ing, Duterte-Car­pio said that they have cho­sen Pam­panga as the venue of the cam­paign launch in the goal of gath­er­ing as much votes as his fa­ther Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte gath­ered dur­ing his pres­i­den­tial run.

“Pres­i­dent Duterte won by a land­slide in Pam­panga in 2016 and we wanted to claim the same vic­tory here this year. Also, Pam­panga is a very strate­gic place in Lu­zon to start off our cam­paign car­a­van,”Duterte-Car­pio said.

Af­ter Pam­panga, Duterte-Car­pio said that the HNP will also be stag­ing at least stage 110 cam­paign sor­ties in a daily ba­sis across the coun­try for 90 days for the up­com­ing midterm polls.

Mean­while, Gov­er­nor Pineda said that HNP’s de­ci­sion to choose Pam­panga as the venue of its cam­paign car­a­van launch­ing is a “priv­i­lege and an op­por­tu­nity for Ka­pam­pan­gans to choose their fu­ture lead­ers.”

“We were given the op­por­tu­nity to lis­ten to the pro­grams that they are of­fer­ing to us in Pam­panga if we will elect them. I was happy that our ka­balens re­ally lis­tened, at least they were given a chance to know the can­di­dates and their pro­grams per­son­ally, not only those they see on TV,” she said.

Gov­er­nor Pineda, mean­while, said that the KAM­BI­LAN’s en­dorse­ment of the HNP is not equiv­a­lent to any per­sonal and po­lit­i­cal agenda.

“What’s im­por­tant is that they do what they promised to do: to push for the in­fras­truc­ture, health care, ed­u­ca­tion, liveli­hood and other pro­grams that will help up­lift the lives of Ka­pam­pan­gans and Filipinos as a whole,” she said.

Call for sup­port

Mean­while, Vice Gov­er­nor Den­nis “Delta” Pineda asked some 25,000 Ka­pam­pan­gans, who at­tended yes­ter­day’s cam­paign rally, to give all-out and solid sup­port to all Hug­pong ng Pag­babago (HNP) sen­a­to­rial can­di­dates.

“Let us show our sup­port to Pres­i­dent Duterte by vot­ing straight for all Hug­pong sen­a­to­rial can­di­dates so change will con­tinue,” Vice Gov­er­nor Pineda said.

An­other rally was set at the Asean Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in­side the Clark Freeport, where over 5,000 peo­ple were ex­pected.

At the in­struc­tion of House Speaker Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­galAr­royo, the younger Pineda or­ga­nized the HNP rally in sup­port of the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s sen­a­to­rial bets.

Vice-Gov­er­nor Pineda said vot­ing HNP sen­a­to­ri­ables would as­sure an end to il­le­gal drugs, cor­rup­tion and ter­ror­ism and con­tin­u­a­tion of good gov­er­nance.

House Speaker Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal-Ar­royo also urged Ka­pam­pan­gans to give HNP bets a “land­slide” as they did in 2016 for Pres­i­dent Duterte.

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