MANILA -- Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio's regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago may play a vital role in the push for charter change, a political analyst said Sunday.
University of the Philippines-based political analyst Ranjit Rye said Hugpong will provide a strong regional support for Congress when the draft federal charter is already up for a plebiscite.
"I think Hugpong was really organized to push not only for the elections but also it's there to educate, to push for the agenda of federalism," he told ANC.
"The campaigning for support for charter change, the information drive on the ground level will require a strong regional party and Hugpong will probably provide part of the push," he said.
Meanwhile, political analyst Jean Encinas-Franco expects more politicians to join Duterte-Carpio's Hugpong to boost their campaigns in the 2019 polls.
"It would really help given the still very much popular President, and the endorsement of Sara Duterte will make it easy for these potential candidates to launch their candidacies," she told ANC.
Rye added that Duterte-Carpio's regional party will be able to accommodate those who will be crowded out from PDP-Laban because of the "politics of personality."
"People have to understand that Hugpong and PDP-Laban are not necessarily at odds with each other. They can be complementary," he explained.