Vice mayor wants Hugpong lawmaker for 1st district

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Friday, March 23, 2012


DAVAO City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio said her father wants the next representative of the city's first congressional district to come from Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod.

Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod is a group composed of local leaders associated with the elder Duterte but never claimed to be a political party. It has been fielding candidates in the local political arena despite their individual affiliations with national political parties.

"Mura nakadungog ko na interesado siya na kuhaon ang (I think I heard him that he is interested to get) district one," Duterte-Carpio said.

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Two of the three district representatives of Davao City who belong to Hugpong are Mylene Garcia (2nd district) and Isidro Ungab (3rd district).

At present, the lawmaker representing the first district of Davao City is Representative Karlo Nograles, son of mayoralty candidate during the 2010 elections Prospero Nograles.

The Nograleses are the political rivals of Dutertes.

Duterte-Carpio said there are still no individuals who signified interest in running for congressman for the 1st district in the 2013 elections.

During the May 2010 elections, there were seven candidates running for the position of congressman for the first district. They were Maria Belen Sunga-Acosta, Bernard Sabino Custodio, Jocelyn Roa Duterte, Anacleto Belleza Millendez, Karlo Alexei Bendigo Nograles, Robert Elnar Olanolan, and Juan Resemilla Zamora.

Acosta, who is a former councilor of Davao City, ran under Duterte-Carpio's ticket.

On the other hand, there were six congressman candidates for second district and six for third district.

Twenty of the 26 councilors of the 16th City Council belong to Hugpong.

Five of them are from the first district, namely: Leah Librado, Edgar Ibuyan, Emmanuel Galicia, Melchor Quitain, and Nilo Abellera Jr.

Meanwhile, Duterte-Carpio said nobody has signified to run to any elected position under Hugpong.

"Basta si Dayanghirang pa lang akong nahibal-an na modagan sa sunod na (I only heard Dayanghirang is interested to run in the next) 2013 elections," Duterte-Carpio said, referring to former councilor Danilo Dayanghirang.

Duterte-Carpio did not go into detail on Dayanghirang's planned candidacy.

Dayanghirang ran for second district congressman in the May 2010 elections wherein he lost to Mylene Garcia.

The mayor was quick to say that she has not yet made up her mind if she will run in 2013 elections.

She said should she finally make up her mind in seeking reelection in the 2013 elections, there should only be eight aspiring councilors per district who will be supported by for a stronger alliance, adding there are several criteria in choosing the right people for Hugpong.

Among these criteria would include their (aspiring candidates) performance and background, as well as track record in public service.

To recall, Duterte-Carpio said there is a need to evaluate the membership list of Hugpong like a loyalty assessment of members of the group.

She specifically said the delineation aims to assess who are in or out of the group a few more months before the 2013 midterm elections.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 24, 2012.

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