Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano leads Capitol employees in celebrating Women's Month during its opening program last Monday (March 4, 2019). PHOTO BY GERRY GORIT
By MARK FRANCISCO
DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, the head of Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HnP), will be coming to Misamis Oriental on April 5 to endorse the candidacy of Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano.
In his weekly press conference on Monday (March 4), Emano reported that Duterte-Carpio will also go to Gingoog City that day to endorse the mayoral candidacy of Vice Mayor Ruthie Guingona.
Emano said that both his PaDayon Pilipino and Guingona have coalesced with HnP at the senatorial level for the May 13 midterm elections.
But he explained that he could not support all the candidates of HnP as PaDayon Pilipino has already committed to support the candidacy of independent candidate Neri Colmenares, a former congressman.
The 13 HnP candidates are Senators Sonny Angara, Pia Cayetano, JV Ejercito, Jinggoy Estrada, Aquilino Pimentel III, Ramon Revilla Jr., Cynthia Villar, former Bureau of Corrections (Bucor) chief Ronald dela Rosa, former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, Maguindanao Rep. Zajid Mangudadatu, former journalist Jiggy Manicad, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos and former Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chair Francis Tolentino.
Meanwhile, Emano said that Duterte-Carpio’s father, President Duterte, will arrive at a later date to endorse the candidacy of first district congressional candidate Christian Unabia in his capacity as chair of PDP-Laban. Unabia is adopted by PaDayon Pilipino as their common candidate with PDP-Laban in the first district.
Emano also hinted that during that day, the President may also likely endorse the PDP-Laban slate in Cagayan de Oro City which is led by incumbent Mayor Oscar Moreno, the governor’s political nemesis.
“Makasabot man ako ana kay dili man kami PDP-Laban,” Emano said but added he still believes in the President’s body language of endorsing PaDayon Pilipino mayoral bet Jose Gabriel La Viña as shown in the widely circulated picture of the two raising each other’s hands.