Duterte-allied PFP endorses Congress bid of Anakalusugan party-list

The Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, a national political party composed of key allies of President Rodrigo Duterte, has endorsed Anakalusugan party-list for next year’s midterm elections.

“Anakalusugan is the only party-list of Partido Federal,” said Harvey Lauglaug, who is running for vice mayor in the municipality of Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur under the PFP banner.

The endorsement was given during a meeting between local officials and candidates from Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte and Anakalusugan nominee Ower Andal, former general manager of the Philippine National Railways, as well as members of the health advocacy group in Pagadian City on Monday.

According to James Adraincem, PFP provincial officer for Zamboanga del Norte, having a health-oriented partner like Anakalusugan in Congress will help ensure all Filipinos have access to medical services and products.

“After our discussion, the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas has decided to carry Anakalusugan party-list for the 2019 elections. We have committed our support for the group as we are impressed with its health agenda,” Adraincem said.

“Our principles are aligned when it comes to taking care of the health of all Filipinos, especially those in marginalized sectors who have little to no access to health services,” he added.

Andal, for his part, thanked PFP for its invaluable support, adding this bolsters the position of Anakalusugan as the sole party-list running on a health platform in the 2019 polls.

“Health should be part of the agenda for next year’s elections. It is the Constitutional mandate of the state to adopt a comprehensive approach to health development and to make essential goods and health services available to all people at affordable cost. It is our right and duty as Filipinos to fight for our health,” Andal said.

Caption: The Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, which is composed of key allies of the President, has endorsed the congressional bid of the Anakalusugan party-list in next year’s midterm polls during a meeting in Pagadian City on Monday. From left to right: Retired police Col. Mario Fermendoza, PFP provincial chairman for Zamboanga del Sur; Jun Ebarle, PFP Region 9 chairman; Dr. Mario Ona; and Anakalusugan nominee Ower Andal.