Sara, Gwen forge Hugpong-One Cebu alliance

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CEBU CITY — The Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) regional political party headed by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on Friday sealed an alliance with One Cebu headed by Cebu’s third district congresswoman, now gubernatorial candidate, Gwendolyn Garcia.

In front of supporters who flocked to the HNP campaign caravan at the Liloan gymnasium, Duterte and Garcia led the recitation of the oath of alliance along with the HNP and One Cebu stalwarts.

In her message, Mayor Sara said her regional party is tapping friends and allies who will rally behind the presidency of his father, President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

“Nangita mi og daghan kaayong higala nga motabang, mosuporta, mokampanya ug moboto sa mga senador nga motabang pud sa administration ni Presidente Duterte para sa 2019 hangtod 2022 (We are looking for more friends who will help, support, campaign, and vote for the senators who will also help the administration of President Duterte in 2019 up to 2022),” she said.

For her part, Garcia thanked the first daughter for her trust in One Cebu party.

She said the mayors from 44 municipalities and seven cities in the province of Cebu have pledged their commitment as One Cebu members to support and help the political agenda of HNP.

Liloan Mayor Christina Garcia-Frasco, daughter of Rep. Garcia, said the alliance sealed between her mother’s local party and Davao-based regional party is aimed at strengthening the campaign of President Duterte against drugs and corruption.

She cited the party’s passion in strengthening local government units and having stronger regions in the country.

Frasco also noted the strong relations between the town of Liloan and the city of Davao through a sisterhood agreement signed in October of last year.

“The sisterhood agreement will allow exchange of best practices, trade, as well as other measures of governance that will lead to development of our local governance here in Liloan and also contribute to Davao,” she said. (PNA)