The People’s Reform Party (PRP) and the Hugpong Ng Pagbabago Party have formalized their political alliance for the May 2022 national and local elections.
PRP, a national political party founded by the late Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, is headed by her husband, Narciso “Jun” Santiago Jr.
Hugpong, a Region XI political party chaired by former Davao City Mayor and now vice presidential candidate Sara Duterte, is headed by Claude Bautista, the party president.
The 2022 Alliance Agreement, a renewal of their political alliance in the 2019 elections, was signed by Santiago and Bautista.
Former Defense Secretary and Tarlac Rep. Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro, a PRP senatorial candidate who witnessed the signing of the alliance agreement, vowed to fully support all candidates of the alliance, both in national and local elections.
The two political parties said they both seek a peaceful and democratic way of life for their constituencies, where freedom is upheld, and the rule of law is upheld, among others.
Santiago said the PRP principles are “reflections of the strong political stance and extraordinary qualities” of the late senator and founder who was fondly called “ Inday Miriam” by Ilonggos.
Similarly, Duterte, also known as “Inday Sara,” possessed the same qualities, Santiago said.
Santiago said the shared objectives and vision paved the way for the forging of the alliance, and paved the way for the unity, strength, and continued positive change for the country.
These two groups adopted Duterte as their vice presidential candidate and will support the candidacies of the presidential and senatorial candidates whose line-up will be selected by Duterte and the alliance.
For the local elections, the PRP will not field local candidates and instead endorse the local candidates of Hugpong for Region XI. The HNP will not endorse specific local candidates in other regions and will be allowed to work with all candidates to promote unity.
Accordingly, the alliance took effect yesterday until the declaration of winners for the position of president, vice president and the 12 senators.