Duterte backs Singson as governors’ league head

>> Tuesday, June 21, 2016

By Freddie G. Lazaro

VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur — President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte is eyeing Ilocos Sur Gov. Ryan Singson to head the League of Governors of the Philippines in which the election of officers is set in July.
Gov, Singson learned of Duterte’s plan when he and his father, former governor Luis “Chavit” Singson attended the incoming president’s thanksgiving party in Davao City.
“I was surprised when he said that he is eyeing me to lead the national governor’s league. He gave his blessing but we have to wait until the election is done; However, I have already consulted all governors and they signified their support of me,” Singson said.
If elected as president of the League of Governors of the Philippines, Singson said he will prioritize programs on the welfare and development of the provinces, and easier access and communication between the provincial governments and the national government.
“If ever I am elected as president of the governor’s league, I’m strongly supporting the federal form of government in support to the agenda of incoming President Duterte,” he said.
Duterte, Singson bared, has also presented his plans of development for Ilocos Region during their meeting.
Among these plans are the establishment of an economic zone in Salomague Port in Cabugao, an international airport in Vigan City and the immediate release of RA 7171 tobacco funds.
“Through these projects, the economy of Ilocos Sur and other provinces in the region are expected to boom,” he said


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