Sara Duterte’s Hugpong picks bet for Oro mayor

Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno and barangay chairpersons show their unity after the Court of Appeals quashed an order of the Department of Interior and Local Government to dismiss him on Thursday (8 February 2018). MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/ 02 Oct) – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago or Partido Federal ng Pilipinas has chosen its bet for mayor of this port city in the midterm elections next year.

Hugpong has endorsed Candy Darimbang to challenge Mayor Oscar Moreno, who is serving his second term.

But Darimbang, who was named local chapter chair of Hugpong or PFP, said the party will decide this week who to field against Moreno.

“My door is still open for their final negotiation which should be amenable and acceptable ka namo nga mga kandidato,” she said.

Hugpong has coalesced with Padayon Pilipino of former city mayor Vicente Emano and his son, Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Emano.

Darimbang said she will accept whatever decision their coalition will come up with.

“We have a coalition to consider with each party’s stand and proposal that should be respected,” she said.

Earlier, Hugpong endorsed Darimbang as their standard bearer in the city next year.

A former city councilor, Darimbang ran as mayor and representative in the past elections but lost in both instances.

Hugpong has reportedly endorsed Candy’s husband, former Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board regional director Manny Darimbang, to run as councilor but there was no immediate confirmation. (Froilan Gallardo/MindaNews)