Coalition for Change

Kilusang Pagbabago
LeaderGloria Macapagal Arroyo
PresidentRodrigo Duterte
FoundedMay 16, 2016
Succeeded byHugpong ng Pagbabago (Sara Duterte-led faction)
Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (John Castriciones-led faction)
HeadquartersMetro Manila
Federalism (Philippines)[1]
Political positionBig tent
Left-wing to right-wing
ColorsYellow, Dark Blue, Red
Seats in the Senate
20 / 24
Seats in the House of Representatives
271 / 303

Coalition for Change, also known as Kilusang Pagbabago, is the informal name of a multi-party umbrella coalition formed by the supporters of the administration of Rodrigo Duterte and the 17th Congress of the Philippines. Headed by PDP–Laban, it has formed coalition agreements with the Nacionalista Party, Lakas–CMD, Nationalist People's Coalition and National Unity Party, as well as the Centrist Democratic Party and an independent congressional block of 24 party-list groups.

Coalition partners

Senator Koko Pimentel, the leader of PDP–Laban and the Coalition for Change
Senator Koko Pimentel, the leader of PDP–Laban and the Coalition for Change

Non-political groups

Bebot Alvarez–Sara Duterte rift

In February 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte's daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio founded Hugpong ng Pagbabago, a political party in Davao Region, aligned with Sara's umbrella coalition Tapang at Malasakit Alliance which also supported by four governors in the Davao region except for Douglas RA Cagas of Davao del Sur as well to Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr. who feuded with House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez over corruption allegations against Floirendo. Sara Duterte accused Alvarez as a traitor as Alvarez allowed former Liberal Party members (notably Jeanette Garin and husband Iloilo Rep. Oscar Garin Jr.) to join PDP–Laban, her father's affiliation, and promised that she will campaign for Alvarez's potential foe in 2019. On July 23, 2018, Alvarez was ousted by the more than 180 colleagues in the House for speakership (although Alvarez still sat as the Speaker during President Duterte's SONA), and the media reported that Sara urged congresspeople to dethrone Alvarez and replace him with former President and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Difference between the CFC and HNP

The CFC/PDP–Laban slate is endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte with some differences with Senator Koko Pimentel. Duterte endorsed Freddie Aguilar who was denounced by Pimentel, with Pimentel adding independent Senator Grace Poe and former Senator Lito Lapid (replacing Aguilar) of the Nationalist People's Coalition to complete the 12-seat senatorial slate of the CFC/PDP–Laban. The Hugpong ng Pagbabago of de facto First Lady and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte is not endorsing Lapid and Poe, and instead is endorsing former Senators Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada, who are both involved in the pork barrel scam of Janet Lim-Napoles during the Aquino administration, in which Revilla was acquitted while Estrada was granted bail.

Senatorial slate

Candidate Party Last position in government Relatives in government Elected
Raffy Alunan
Secretary of Interior and Local Government (1996 - 1998) None
Freddie Aguilar
None (singer) None
Sonny Angara
Incumbent Senator (2013–present) Senator Edgardo Angara (father) and Aurora governor Bellaflor Angara-Castillo (aunt)
Pia Cayetano
Incumbent Resesentative of Taguig (2016–present) Senator Alan Peter Cayetano (brother), Senator Rene Cayetano (father)
Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa
Former Bureau of Corrections Chief (2018) None
JV Ejercito
Incumbent Senator (2013–present) Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada (father), San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez-Ejercito (mother), former Senator Jinggoy Estrada (half-brother)
Chistopher "Bong" Go
President Rodrigo Duterte chief-aide None
Zajid Mangudadatu
Incumbent congressman of Maguindanao (2010–present) Maguindanao Governor Datu Esmael Mangudadatu (brother)
Imee Marcos
Governor of Ilocos Norte former President Ferdinand Marcos (father), Congresswoman Imelda Marcos (mother), former Senator Bongbong Marcos (brother)
Koko Pimentel
Incumbent Senator (since 2007) Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (father)
Francis Tolentino
President Rodrigo Duterte political adviser Congressman Abraham Tolentino (brother)
Cynthia Villar
Incumbent Senator (2013–present) former Senator Manuel Villar (husband), DPWH Secretary Mark Villar (son), former congressman from Las Piñas Filemon Aguilar (father) and Las Piñas congressman Vergel Aguilar (brother)


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