Hugpong ng Pagbabago forges alliance with Singsons of Ilocos Sur

Pia Ranada
Hugpong ng Pagbabago forges alliance with Singsons of Ilocos Sur


Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio brings her regional party to Vigan City where she addresses local government officials of Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, and Cagayan

MANILA, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio visited Ilocos Sur on Friday, September 28, to sign an alliance between her regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) and the northern province’s BILEG Party, led by the powerful Singson clan. 

The alliance was signed during a gathering of local government executives from Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, and Cagayan. With the alliance, HNP cements its ties with Northern Luzon politicians.

This comes after HNP sealed partnerships with 3 national political parties and 6 local parties, including Ilocos Norte’s Ilocano Timpuyog on August 13.

Carpio, President Rodrigo Duterte’s eldest daughter, brought along with her HNP senatorial bets, including Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald Dela Rosa, Senator Cynthia Villar, Senator JV Ejercito, Taguig City Representative Pia Cayetano, and Maguindanao 2nd District Representative Zajid Mangudadatu.

Special Assistant to the President Bong Go could not be present but sent actor Philip Salvador as his representative. Go is also said to be seeking a Senate seat in the 2019 elections.

There to welcome the group were Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Luis Singson, Ilocos Sur Vice Governor Jeremias Singson, and Ilocos Sur Representatives Eric Singson and Deogracias Savellano. 

The HNP-endorsed political personalities took turns addressing the audience.

In her speech, Carpio thanked the Northern Luzon officials for their warm welcome and support for her father’s presidential bid in 2016. She appealed to them to support 9 likely senatorial candidates in the upcoming midterm elections. 

HNP has two Senate slates for the 2019 polls, an 8-member slate formed with other political parties it is allied with and a 13-member slate for endorsement to Davao region.

After the event at the convention center, The Davao mayor dropped by the opening of a craft beer outlet called Calle Brewery, together with Governor Marcos. –


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Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at