THE desire to ensure the continuity of the administration’s legislative agenda in the next three years has thrust out front the need to support President Duterte’s senatorial candidates in next year’s off-season elections.
Aware of this, the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD), Tingog Sinirangan party-list and the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) have formed a strong alliance to push for Duterte’s agenda for “meaningful change.”
Lakas-CMD President Martin Romualdez, Tingog Sinirangan first nominee Rep. Yedda Marie K. Romualdez and HNP head Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio of Davao City underscored the importance of ensuring the implementation of Duterte’s legislative agenda.
During the signing of the agreement last Wednesday, the tough-talking lady mayor named 14 senatorial candidates whom she endorsed for the electorate to vote on judgment day.
They are Sens. Sonny Angara, Cynthia Villar, Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, ex-Presidential Assistant Bong Go, former Sens. Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla, ex-Rep. Harry Roque, Rep. Lani Cayetano, ex-Philippine National Police Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, Rep. Zajid Mangudadato, Dr. Willie Ong and one-time presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino.
In setting up the alliance, Duterte-Carpio, a lawyer, described the May 13, 2019 balloting as crucial since her 73-year-old father needs all the support he can get from the two-chamber Congress, particularly in the Senate.
She said “let’s support our senatorial candidates because he (President Duterte) needs senators who will push his agenda” in the last three years of his six-year presidency, which ends at 12 noon on June 30, 2022.
In the 2019 mid-term polls, the country’s registered voters will elect 12 senators, district and party-list representatives and thousands of local government officials, including provincial governors and city/town mayors.
We want to believe that Lakas-CMD, Tingog Sinirangan and HNP, like the millions of well-meaning Filipinos, want to elect senators who are known for their honesty and integrity.
Certainly, our voters need to be shocked into realization that the Philippines needs lawmakers who are not willing to sacrifice principle at the expense of convenience.