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Sara Duterte says Hugpong bets faring well in surveys due to clean campaign

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has attributed the good performance of the senatorial bets of Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) in the recent surveys to the effective delivery of the message of “positive change” relentlessly pursued by the Duterte Administration.

Duterte’s statement came following the latest Pulse Asia senatorial survey, wherein nine HNP-backed candidates have entered the Magic 12.

“The good performance of the HNP supported senatorial candidates in the March 2019 surveys is a strong indication that the candidates are effective in delivering the message of ‘positive change’,” said Mayor Duterte.

According to the Presidential daughter, HNP’s different style of campaigning has helped most if its candidates since they are not hooked into so-called smear campaign and black propaganda against their opponents.

“We are pushing a different kind of campaigning, something that does not involve maligning or attacking other candidates, and we think the voters agree with us,” said Mayor Duterte.

Among those HNP bets who were part of the Magic 12 based on Pulse Asia’s March survey include reelectionist Sens. Cythia Villar and Juan Edgardo ‘Sonny’ Angara; former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go; former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa; Deputy Speaker Pia Cayetano, former Sen. Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr.; Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos; former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chair Francis Tolentino; and former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada.

The Davao City Mayor stressed that the agenda of the candidates obviously resonates well with the voters.

“Our candidates truly value what the voters consider important to their lives and to the country,” she said.

Duterte said HNP bets will not be complacent and will continue to campaign in various parts of the country as the election day approaches.

“We cannot be happy until after the winners are proclaimed, so we shall continue to soar and fight until we succeed,” she said.

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