That was the reaction of the Grupo Progreso party when presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio endorsed the re-election bid of Bacolod Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia in the May 13 elections, a press release said yesterday.
Popularly known as “Inday Sara,” the mayor raised the hand of Leonardia as a show of support at her office in the Davao City Hall.
The occasion was witnessed by National Youth Commission chairman Ronald Cadema, SK chairmen from Cainta, Taytay, and Butuan and other guests of Duterte-Carpio.
The two mayors also agreed to forge an alliance between the Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP) and Grupo Progreso (GP), that will be formalized in Bacolod during the campaign period.
Leonardia assured Duterte-Carpio of the full support of Grupo Progreso for the senatorial lineup endorsed by HNP.
At the same time, HNP is also expected to support the candidacies of Rep. Greg Gasataya, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, and the GP slate.
Leonardia paid his courtesy call on the Davao City Mayor while he was attending the Inter-Agency Committee Against Illegal Drugs (ICAD)-organized “Rehabinasyon: The 1st National Anti-Drugs Summit” at the Davao Marco Polo Hotel participated in by PDEA Director-General Aaron Aquino, Cabinet Secretaries, Undersecretaries, Assistant Secretaries and other top officials of the Duterte administration.
Leonardia was the only mayor invited to attend the Anti-Drugs Summit together with about 300 national delegates.
Duterte-Carpio and Leonardia were both officers of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) National Board when they were both mayors in 2010-13.
The presidential daughter was a special guest of the MassKara Festival last year. She graced the streetdance competition of the schools category at the Bacolod Plaza and gave financial assistance to all competing delegations.
She also invited Bacolod to send a MassKara contingent to the Davao Kadayawan Festival this year, the press release said.*
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