Igacos City Mayor Al David Uy has joined the Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP) in a big boost to the bid of Davao del Norte Provincial Board member Roy Catalan to capture the Provincial Capitol in the May 9 elections.
The switch of Uy (PDP-Laban) to the HNP of vice presidential aspirant Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and endorsement of Catalan, was expected to hammer a fatal blow on the reelection of Governor Edwin Jubahib (Partido Reporma).
Also to benefit from Uy’s jump to HNP is Davao del Norte Second District Rep. Alan Dujali, who is seeking a second term under the HNP, a major player in the UniTeam tandem of presidential aspirant former senator Bongbong Marcos with Sara Duterte as vice president. PDP-Labanhas endorsed theBongbong-Sara team.
The switch of the top official of the vote-rich tourist island Igacos (Island Garden City of Samal) comes days after Reporma president former House Speaker Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez (First District, Davao del Norte) and Reporma secretary general Jubahib dumped Reporma standard bearer Senator Panfilo Lacson and switched suport to independent presidential aspirant Vice President Leni Robredo, who is running second in pre-poll surveys to Bongbong Marcos. Alvarez and Jubahib reportedly dumped Lacson for failing to shell out P800 miilion in campaign funds demanded by the former House Speaker.