Sara Duterte to ‘rethink’ HNP after missing out on majority bloc vote in Davao region

Vina Araneta, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 25 2019 06:53 PM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio says there is a need to "rethink" the regional party after more than half of the group failed to deliver bloc votes for the party's senatorial and local candidates. Manman Dejeto, ABS-CBN News

DAVAO CITY—Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) chair and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Saturday said there is a need to "rethink" the regional party after more than half of the group failed to deliver bloc votes for the party's senatorial and local candidates.

Of Davao region's 5 provinces and 6 cities, HNP dominated in Davao City, Davao Occidental and Davao del Sur, Duterte-Carpio said.

"Meaning walang majority bloc vote so we need to rethink," she said. "Binuo kasi ito to create a strong region, secured life para sa mga Dabawenyos. By creating a bloc vote sa mga elections, you can lobby sa national government pero hindi kami naka-deliver ngayong election sa block voting.

"We need to rethink HNP."

HNP dropped PDP-Laban president Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III from its sample ballots in the last minute, but 8 of the 12 senatorial candidates it endorsed were victorious in the Senate race.

PDP-Laban candidates dominated the local elections in Davao del Norte and Davao del Sur.

Former House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who Duterte-Carpio and her congressional allies ousted from the speakership last year, was given a fresh mandate as Davao del Norte representative after he defeated the Del Rosarios and the Floirendos, two political clans that were affiliated with HNP.