The Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) and Partidong Pagbabago ng Palawan (PPP) on Wednesday signed an agreement to join forces for the coming polls during a rally led by presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte.

Duterte last night endorsed all PPP candidates in Palawan along with the 13 senatorial candidates under the HNP.

“Kung gusto ng pagbabago dapat tayong lahat ay may kontribusyon. Kahit gaano kaliit ‘yan sa paningin ninyo, panglilinis man ‘yan o pagdampot ng kalat ay malaking tulong na ‘yan kapag gusto natin ng pagbabago,” she said during her speech.

The HNP senatorial slate is composed of 13 candidates namely, Sonny Angara, Pia Cayetano, JV Ejercito, Jinggoy Estrada, Koko Pimentel, Bong Revilla, Cynthia Villar, Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go,  Zajid Mangudadatu from Maguindanao, former GMA reporter Jiggy Manicad, Imee Marcos, and former MMDA chair Francis Tolentino.

Absent during the rally in Puerto Princesa City was Go, Marcos, Estrada, and Revilla who is seeking to return to the Senate.

Present also at the rally were Governor Jose Alvarez, Puerto Princesa City Lucilo Bayron, all municipal mayors, the three Palawan representatives, and city councilors.

Duterte, who expressed appreciation for the hospitality of Palaweños and admired the natural beauty of the province, also invited them to visit the Davao region.

“Medyo malayo at walang direct flights pero sana makapasyal kayo sa Davao. Alam niyo, first time ko sa Puerto Princesa ngayon… I am 41 years old pero ngayon lang ako nakarating dito. I am truly happy to be happy with you,” Duterte said.

Meanwhile, Bayron announced that he will propose a sister agreement between Davao City and Puerto Princesa City to strengthen their cultural, economic and other aspects.

“After the election, we will send a notice or invitation that we would like to be a sister city of Davao para lalong maging malapit ang dalawang siyudad,” Bayron said.

Another campaign rally in Puerto Princesa City is set to take place on May 5.

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