Duterte backs Palayan City mayor in race for Nueva Ecija governorship

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Palayan City Mayor Adrianne Mae Cuevas (second from right) discusses ways to help farmers bypass middlemen with agricultural technicians at a crop storage facility built by the city government for farmers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday endorsed Nueva Ecija Governor’s candidacy for Palayan Mayor Adrianne Mae Cuevas.

This is the first time that Duterte has endorsed a candidate for local office ahead of state and local elections.

“As President, I endorse the candidacy of Adrianne Mae Cuevas, as Governor of Nueva Ecija. I am confident that her vision for improving the welfare of the constituency will enable the government to achieve its serve the people with excellence and passion,” said Duterte.

“May the upcoming elections be an opportunity for us to elect leaders who will chart our path to progress and prosperity. Vote for Rianne Cuevas,” he added.

Cuevas then expressed her gratitude to Duterte and promised that she would continue her anti-drug, anti-poverty and anti-corruption agendas in the province, if elected.

Cuevas is the national treasurer of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan faction led by Cusi and allied with Duterte. She is running with former Vice Governor Edward Thomas Joson against the tandem of outgoing Governor Aurelio Umali and his brother, outgoing Vice Governor Anthony Umali.

Meanwhile, Cuevas’ 25-year-old daughter, Vianne Cuevas, plans to replace her as mayor of Palayan City in the upcoming elections.

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