Nacionalista allows members to choose Senate bets despite alliances with Hugpong, PDP Laban
By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
GINGOOG CITY, Misamis Orriental – Despite its existing alliance with Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), the leadership of the Nacionalista Party (NP) is not about to campaign solely for other members of the senatorial slate backed by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte’s political entity.
In an interview after the HNP sortie in Gingoog City, NP stalwart and reelectionist Sen. Cynthia Villar stressed that the party gives members leeway to choose the 12 senatorial bets they will support in the midterm polls next month .
According to Villar, NP will only prioritize its three candidates namely herself; Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos and Deputy Speaker Pia Cayetano.
“Ang aming official candidates ay tatlo, then bahala na ang NP members kung sino ang gusto nila idagdag,” said Villar.
The reelectionist senator stressed that they want to give their members freedom to choose other candidates.
“Kami sa Nacionista, hindi naman kami masydong mahigpit na discipline ang aming members to follow our wishes kasi may kanya kanya silang preference,” Villar stressed.
However, Villar expressed confidence that the NP members will also support other administration candidates back by Mayor Sara’s HNP and the ruling administration party, PDP Laban of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Villar, Marcos and Cayetano are both in the senatorial line-up of HNP and PDP Laban at the same time guest candidates of the PDP-Laban.
“Kami ay umaasa sa NP members na dadalhin nila ang candidates ng HNP at ng PDP Laban,” she said
Mrs. Villar’s husband former Senate President Manny Villar is the party chairman of Nacionalista party.