HUGPONG Ng Pagbabago (HNP) secretary general Anthony del Rosario on Thursday said their group is elated that the PDP-Laban Cusi wing has finally endorsed the tandem of former senator Bongbong Marcos Jr and Davao City mayor Sara Duterte in the coming presidential and vice presidential elections.
“Matagal na naming hinihintay ang suporta ng PDP-Laban Cusi wing. We are very happy that the party of the president is supporting the BBM/Sara tandem,” Del Rosario said in an interview with DZAR program Usaping Bayan.
“The endorsement will make the tandem more formidable in the coming national elections,” Del Rosario added.
The former Davao del Norte governor said members of PDP-Laban, including incumbent mayors, vice mayors and congressmen, who have not decided which candidates to support, are now given clear direction.
“With the announcement, we expect incumbent members of the PDP-Laban Cusi wing to toe the line and support the BBM-Sara tandem,” Del Rosario said.
Recent survey results by Pulse Asia, SWS, Laylo and OCTA show that Marcos Jr. and Duterte are consistently leading in the presidential and vice presidential race.
Del Rosario said with the PDP-Laban endorsement, they expect to gain more voters nationwide, including in Mindanao where the tandem has a strong political base.
While some presidential candidates made pronouncements that they are open to partner with Mayor Sara as their vice president, Del Rosario said the Davao City mayor had repeatedly said that she will only partner with Marcos as her presidential candidate.
“May isang salita si Mayor Sara, hindi siya nag-iiba nga stand sa mga isyu especially in the coming elections. Since day one when she filed her COC, she said she will only support BBM as president despite na maraming kandidato ang gustong maki-pagpartner sa kanya,”
On the issue of vice presidential candidate Walden Bello becoming a persona non grata in Davao City, Del Rosario said he would suggest other provinces and municipalities in the Davao region to also ban him from entering their jurisdictions. With Blessie Amor Vicente and Joanne Rosario (OJTs)