Duterte graces Hugpong’s thanksgiving party

/ 09:04 PM June 24, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte attended on Monday night the thanksgiving party of Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), the regional party of his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

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Duterte arrived at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati City around 8:40 p.m. and was welcomed by the party’s attendees, who are either supporters or allies of his administration.

Throughout the three-month campaign, HNP visited vote-rich areas across the country to woo voters and vow support for the legislative priorities of Duterte.

HNP, although a regional party, supported 13 pro-administration senatorial candidates, nine of whom emerged victorious in the May 13 elections.

Duterte-Carpio, who left her duties as Davao City mayor to campaign for the candidates, has repeatedly downplayed rumors that HNP is aspiring to become a national political party that would support her possible presidential bid in 2022.

Some of the notable attendees in the party were former President and now outgoing House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and outgoing Davao del Norte 2nd District Rep. Antonio Floirendo, who was Duterte’s top donor in the 2016 presidential elections.

Upon his arrival, Duterte sang “Wind Beneath My Wings” and his favorite song “Ikaw.” (Editor: Eden Estopace)


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