Pulong, Hugpong allies form ‘Duterte Coalition’ in Congress
By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
Members of the Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) have formed the “Duterte Coalition” in the Lower House weeks before the official start of the 18th Congress later this month.
In a statement, HNP said the Duterte Coalition is “a strategic partnership of dynamic public servants who are committed to institute governance and development reforms that are necessary for the Philippines to secure its rightful place in the world stage of nations, particularly in the Southeast Asian region.”
“We have created the Duterte Coalition and we wish to invite everyone to join this group of lawmakers who believe in positive change,” the statement read.
The statement came after Mayor Duterte, chair of HNP, shunned the supposed term-sharing deal being pushed by speaker-wannabe and Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano to finally resolve the leadership row in the House of Representatives.
The HNP said its hopes “to unite the House” when the new Congress starts on July 22.
“We shall not serve one interest, we will work for all Filipinos,” the HNP’s statement read.
Mayor Duterte’s party earlier this week endorsed Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab as the next speaker of the Lower House.
The HNP said it has extended the invitation to the three primary contenders for the House leadership namely Rep. Velasco, Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, and Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano.
“We and we wish to invite everyone to join this group of lawmakers who believe in positive change,” they said.
Among those who signed into the coalition include Davao City Reps. Ungab, Paolo Duterte, and Vincent Garcia; Davao Oriental Rep. Corazon Malanyaon, Davao de Oro Rep. Manuel Zamora, Davao Occidental Rep. Lorna Bautista, Dumper Party-list Rep. Claudine Bautista, and Marino Party-list Rep. Carlos Lisandor Gutierrez and Anton Lopez.