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Love your own! Digong to leave PDP-Laban for Sara’s Hugpong

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Just as Politiko had long been reporting President Rodrigo Duterte will leave the party which he ran under in the May 2016 elections for the party founded by his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

The President will take his oath Friday (August 17) as a member of Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City.

Duterte will formalize his membership in HNP during the convention of Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod, which he founded when he was mayor of Davao City.

The President’s official schedule lists Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod’s convention as his official engagement for the day, with no mention of his oathtaking as HNP member.

However, the event also marks the merger of the two political parties.

Politiko first reported in July that HNP will become Duterte’s political party since the group he originally created for that purpose, Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, failed to meet the Commission on Elections’ deadline for applying for national accreditation.

HNP, meanwhile, was able to apply for accreditation as a national political party. The Comelec deliberated on its request behind closed doors.

Having his own political party is a logical step for Duterte since three out of four of the living former Presidents all had their political parties.

Fidel Ramos created Partido Lakas Tao in December 1991 after losing the then-ruling Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino’s nomination to run for president. Partido Lakas Tao eventually became Lakas-CMD (Christian Muslim Democrat).

Incumbent Manila mayor Joseph Estrada is widely identified with Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP), which helped him win as vice president in the 1992 elections.

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, meanwhile, created the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (Kampi) in the run up to the 1998 elections, in which she originally wanted to run for president.

Sara has repeatedly said HNP will remain a regional political party, although it inked alliances with a number of regional and national political parties recently.