Gov Imee Marcos signs alliance with hugpong ng Pagbabago

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Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos formally signed an alliance with Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), the regional party formed by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio.

The formal signing took place on Monday, August 13, at the Blue Leaf Pilipinas, Aseana City in Paranaque.

Also at the signing aside from Gov. Marcos were Zamboanga del Norte Representative Seth Frederick Jalosjos, Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda, and Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Emano, among others.

Governor Marcos said she joined the alliance because HnP “is not a monolithic, hierarchical or traditional party. Its approach is very local.” She took her oath as HnP member in Digos City last week before Mayor Duterte.

Hugpong does not require its members to abandon their political parties but instead forges coalitions in the localities. “I think it is a very interesting model, something that is workable on the ground,” the governor said. “This model is better because a candidate wins or loses in the local contests anyway. It is not about the big political parties in Manila.”

The governor believes Hugpong will become the voice of Mindanao and a force to reckon with like the time-tested Solid North. Eight Northern provinces are joining the alliance, she shared.