CABANATUAN CITY – The camp of Nueva Ecija gubernatorial aspirant and Palayan City Mayor Rianne Cuevas declared that they are supporting the candidacy of Vice-Presidential bet and Lakas-CMD chairperson, Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio in next year’s national polls.
Bong Cuevas, Rianne’s businessman-husband, made the announcement in the presence of senatorial bets, actor Robin Padilla and Greco Belgica, former chair of the Presidential Anti-Crime Commission, who both arrived in the province and joined “Team Cuevas” in their earlier “meet and greet” sortie with fourth district congressional bet, City Mayor Emeng Pascual and his “Team Batang Gapan” in Gapan City.
It was also announced that the entire Cuevas group will abide with whoever will be endorsed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte as candidate-president of the PDP-Laban-Cusi wing in next year’s polls.
The said “party caucus” was held at the Harvest Hotel on Thursday night and was attended by ally-candidates and local party stalwarts at the PDP-Laban, including Rianne’s vice gubernatorial running-mate, former Vice Gov. Edward Thomas Joson, now-Quezon mayoral bet, former National Food Authority chief and ex-Nueva Ecija governor Edno Joson, actor and former board member Rommel Padilla, who is gunning for the second district congressional seat, aspirant-Jaen Mayor Antonio Prospero Esquivel and Pascual.
During the same event here, Rianne announced their full support to the senatorial bids of both Robin and Belgica, who are both avid supporters of President Duterte.
Among those present here were members of Team Cuevas in San Jose City, who represented the Violago brothers, come-backing former second district congressional bet Joseph Gilbert Violago and his brother-city mayoral bet Josel ‘James,’ led by former city mayor Jose Felimon and Atty. Rainier Esguerra.
Addressing the crowd, Robin, dubbed the “Bad Boy of Philippine Cinema,” who ran for Vice Governor in Nueva Ecija in 1995 under Lakas-CMD as running mate of the late Cabanatuan City mayor Honorato Perez Sr. but lost to Oscar Tinio, and whose mother Lolita Eva Cariño traces her roots in Bgy. Nagmisahan, Cuyapo mentioned that farmers should always be protected first and foremost, considering that Philippines is an “agricultural country” and Nueva Ecija, being the country’s rice granary.
He said he will push for drastic reforms in the Rice Tariffication Law as among his advocacies if elected to the Senate.
Once elected, Belgica, on the other hand, said one of his agenda is to strengthen the anti-corruption measures of the government by providing more funds to the Ombudsman so it can hire more judges and prosecutors who can do the job all the way down to the municipal or barangay level so that the hearing of these cases won’t pile up at the agency.
“Investing in the justice system is a good investment, dahil if we can work on the justice system, titino po ang ating bansa because money that got lost from it would be saved and returned back to the people in terms of services, benefits and projects,” Belgica added.