Alvarez seeks support for PDP-Laban slate for midterm polls

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 17 2018 01:03 PM | Updated as of Sep 22 2018 01:21 AM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Saturday campaigned for a yet-to-be announced PDP-Laban senatorial slate for the May 2019 elections during a groundbreaking ceremony for a hospital in Davao del Norte.

"Muhangyo lang pud ko kung kinsay atong mga kandidato, suportahan pud ninyo," Alvarez said a speech.

(My wish is for you to also support our party's candidates.)

Alvarez has been rallying for votes for PDP-Laban senatorial bets since last year in trips to various parts of the country to spearhead mass oath-taking ceremonies of new party members. 

Alvarez earlier said he wants Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux "Mocha" Uson, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, and Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go to run as senators under the PDP-Laban banner.

But PDP-Laban President Aquilino Pimentel III said the party has yet to release its official slate for the 2019 midterm polls.

Alvarez again also campaigned for the administration's proposed shift to federalism. In his recent speeches, he has been urging people from the provinces to back the reform, saying it's a "fight" for regional power.

"Kini diay ang federalism, suportahan gyud nato na. Away ni dinhi sa regional. Kwarta sa probinsya mabilin sa probinsya, gahum, ug power," Alvarez said Saturday.

(Let's also support federalism. This is a fight for the regions. The money of the province should stay in the province.)

He said past presidents did not push for federalism because it would limit their power. 

Last month, some lawmakers slammed Alvarez for asking the public not to vote for senators who will not back the administration's proposed shift to federalism.

Alvarez also said in a speech that leaders or politicians who will not back the shift to federalism will be given a "zero budget." He later clarified it was a joke.