The Hugpong Para kay Sara (HPS) movement was launched to encourage Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte to run for president in Election 2022.
The group believes that Sara will be a better leader of the country than her father, President Rodrigo Duterte.
Among those behind the HPA is Davao del Norte governor Anthony del Rosario, who served as spokesperson for Hugpong ng Pagbabago, the regional political party founded by the mayor.
“Hindi porke anak siya ng Presidente eh lahat ng ginagawa ng Presidente ay sang-ayon siya,” said del Rosario.
“She has an independent mind. She makes her decision. She is version 2.0, may halo po itong Zimmerman. ‘Pag Duterte at Zimmerman, mas maganda ang produkto,” the governor said about Elizabeth Zimmerman, mother of Mayor Sara, and former wife of Pres. Duterte.
Sara Duterte had earlier said she would not run for the national position after hEr father accepted the nomination as the vice-presidential candidate of the PDP-Laban faction of Energy Secretary Alfonsi Cusi.
The father and daughter allegedly agreed that only one of them is a candidate for the national position in Election 2022.
Supporters ask Sara Duterte to run for president in 2022
On the other hand, New Generation party-list Representative Bernadette Herrera-Dy believes that Sara Duterte will make up for the shortcomings of the current administration.
“President Duterte started good programs, but that is not to say there is nothing to be improved. No government is perfect,” according to the HPS congressman spokesperson.
“This movement is one step to show her that there are many people who believe she is the best person for the job,” Herrera added.
Today, there are more than 10,000 HPS members from different parts of the country.
The HPS is headed by Speaker Lord Allan Velasco. Other members are former Dangerous Drugs Board chief Dionisio Santiago, ex-Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco, University of the Philippines professor Clarita Carlos, and House Appropriations panel chair Eric Yap.