Sat. May 28th, 2022

The UniTeam of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte kicked off their campaign at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan on Tuesday with a large crown in attendance.

(rappler.com)

As much as 25,000 supporters of Marcos and Duterte packed the Philippine Arena as a substantial number of supporters waited outside, with many of them watching the proceedings via their smartphones. The Philippine Arena has a capacity of 55,000 but only half of its seats were allowed to be filled up as a social distancing measure.

In his speech, Marcos emphasized the need for the Filipino to unite during these trying times.

“My aim, my aspiration is to unite anew the Filipino people. Unity has become my aim, as I strongly believe that unity is the first step for us to move forward amid the crisis, the pandemic crisis, the economic crisis,” Marcos said in Filipino.

For her part, Sara Duterte, the daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, shared what she learned from her parents.

“In serving the people, I do what I learned from my parents – to treat everybody as an equal. There is no distinction as to social standing, gender and age. All of us are Filipinos. It is easier to unite if all us are look at each other and treat each other as equals,” she said in Filipino.

Duterte said her tandem with presidential bet Marcos is “endowed with wisdom and experience.”

She said she believes in Marcos’ abilities to lead, owing from his vast experience as a local chief executive and legislator.

Such experiences, Duterte said, is needed to “not only sustain the growth and development spurred by the current administration, but also bring us to a more prosperous future.”

“We must protect President Bongbong Marcos,” she added.

Proclamation rallies of national candidates signaled the start of the 90-day campaign leading to the May 9 polls.

UniTeam’s senatorial candidates are Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, House Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta, lawyer Larry Gadon, House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, ex-senator Jinggoy Estrada, former Public Works secretary Mark Villar, former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, former Defense secretary and ex-Tarlac congressman Gilbert Teodoro, former Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista, and former Information and Communications Technology secretary and ex-senator Gringo Honasan.

Duterte said she also supports the Senate bid of her friends actor Robin Padilla, former presidential spokesperson and legal counsel Sal Panelo, former senator and outgoing Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero, retired national police chief Guillermo Eleazar, former vice president Jojo Binay, former senator JV Ejercito, and incumbent Senator Joel Villanueva.

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