Hugpong shuns celebration despite survey lead: Sara Duterte

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 15 2019 02:54 PM

MATI, Davao Oriental -- Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio said Monday her Hugpong ng Pagbabago party will rest only after the winners of the May elections are declared, despite the strong showing of its senatorial slate in opinion polls.

The midterm vote will be a test for Davao Region-based Hugpong's ability to gather support for national candidates, President Rodrigo Duterte's daughter said on the sidelines of a campaign sortie here.

Eleven of 13 Hugpong bets have a statistical chance of winning the 12 Senate seats up for grabs in May, according to Pulse Asia Inc's March 23 to 27 poll.

"Hindi pa kami happy. Hindi pa kami nag-celebrate dahil wala pang election day. We will only rest kapag nag-declare na kung sino ang mga winners," Duterte-Carpio said.

(We're not happy yet. We won't celebrate because it's not yet election day. We will only rest once the winners are declared.)

Hugpong has been campaigning in Mindanao in recent weeks and Duterte-Carpio said she hoped voters in the region would support her candidates.

"Ito test case namin kasi this is the first election for Hugpong ng Pagbabago. Sinasabi ko sa kanila, dapat ipakita natin ‘yung sinasabi natin na magagawa ng suporta ng Davao Region sa mga national candidates. If we cannot show that this elections then we will have to rethink yung paggrupo ng HNP," she said.

(This is a test case for us because this is the first election for Hugpong ng Pagbabago. We need to show what the Davao Region can do for national candidates. If we cannot show that this elections then we will have to rethink yung paggrupo ng HNP.)

According to the most recent Pulse Asia poll, the following Hugpong bets have a statistical chance of winning include: incumbent Senators Cynthia Villar, Sonny Angara, and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano, former presidential assistant Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, former national police chief Ronald dela Rosa, former Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr., Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, former presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino, and former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada.

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