Kilusang Pagbabago is not just any other pro-Duterte movement. Leaders and members take the principle of self-reliance seriously.
The movement arose from the Duterte Campaign Team during the 2016 presidential campaign when ordinary folk took pride when they relied on their own resources to help the campaign of then Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
Last October 28, 2018, over 300 leaders representing 300,000 members of the grassroots movement in the Visayas spent their own money to be at the Cebu Capitol Social Hall for the first KP Visayas Congress.
Around 300,000 pro-Duterte volunteers across the Visayas — that’s what the five senatoriables gained.
After Usec Joselito ‘PenPen’ Libres discussed the movement’s policies for supporting candidates this May 2019, they voted to support five prominent pro-federalism senatorial candidates.
KP Visayas lead convenor Doris Isubal-Mongaya said the five candidates are former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Sec. Harry Roque, former PNP chief Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa, and Cong. Zajid Mangudadato.
Inspired by Pres. Duterte’s call for change, movement members are known to uphold the principle of self-reliance in their activities. This means the endorsed candidates gained a grassroots network of volunteer campaigners in the Visayas islands.
Mongaya explained that they will soon choose eight senatoriables. The remaining four slots shall be reserved for each members’ personal choices.
According to Mongaya, each KP member is a volunteer animated by the call for change of President Duterte.
They consider themselves as a partner to help the president achieve what he sought to do like the proposed shift from unitary to a federal government.
Thus KP’s #RealizeChange #SulongPederalism hashtags.
Of course, like what they did in 2016, the KP volunteers will conduct their own house-to-house campaigning, putting up of posters in their respective communities, organize pulong-pulongs.
But they will do more.
Mongaya revealed that KP Visayas plans include the conduct of a Visayas-wide summit with leaders of other pro-Duterte groups.
There will likewise be a Visayas-wide federalism caravan with rallies in major caravan stops. The caravan will pass through major population centers in the three Visayas regions.
The major mobilization will culminate in Bohol, the home province of former Cabinet Secretary Leoncio ‘Jun’ Evasco Jr. who is running for governor.
Kilusang Pagbabago considers Evasco as the movement’s founder. He organized the Duterte Campaign Team (DCT) that became the KP National Organizing Committee shortly after the 2016 elections.
Emmanuel Mongaya writes mainly about local politics in his Bisaya-language column titled PANAHOM in Superbalita. He also blogs and serves as administrator for “Maghisgot Kitag Politika Bay,” Cebu’s dynamic political community in Facebook. He is a member of the Political Officers League of the Philippines (POLPHIL). These he juggles with his job as Chief Digital Officer of PRworks Inc., the Mongaya family business.