Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo introduced Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte to the Pampagueños as the “next vice president of the Republic of the Philippines.”
Macapagal-Arroyo, the country’s 14th President, spent most of her life in Lubao, Pampanga, where the UniTeam held its rally Monday night.
I’m glad that our guest is no other than Inday Sara Duterte – our next vice president of the Republic of the Philippines,” Macapagal-Arroyo told the thousands of people in Filipino who attended a rally.
Before delivering her message, Duterte, together with Rep. Mikee Arroyo led the crowd in singing the “happy birthday song” to the former president.
“I greeted her a very happy birthday. I wish her good health, her happiness and we wish for her heart’s desire for the next two, three, four, 50 years more,” Duterte said.
No political color
She then delivered her message to the Pampagueños, urging the people to unite for a better Philippines without the need to follow specific political color.
“If you will choose us as political leaders this coming May 9 elections, we will bring the entire nation that has no political color – no red, no green, no yellow, no pink, no orange – we are all one. One Filipino nation that is united,” Duterte said in Filipino.
“That’s the message of UniTeam that we will rise together,” she added in Filipino.
Former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada, in a phone call through UniTeam senatorial candidate Jinggoy Estrada, also delivered a birthday message to Macapagal-Arroyo.
“I hope you run again and I will present as your campaign manager,” Estrada said in Filipino.
Duterte and her presidential running mate, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. have already received backing from the political parties of two former Philippine presidents.
Marcos’ Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) and Duterte’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) and Lakas-Christian and Muslim Democrats, which is also Macapagal-Arroyo’s party, had inked a “UniTeam alliance agreement” with Estrada’s Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP).
The new coalition aims to ensure the UniTeam’s presidential and vice presidential candidates’ victory.
The event was also attended by Pampanga Governor Dennis “Delta” Garcia Pineda, Vice Governor Lilia “Nany Baby” Pineda, and Lubao Mayor Esmeralda “Esmie” Pineda.
Also in attendance were senatorial candidates Herbert Bautista, Jinggoy Estrada, Robin Padilla, Gringo Honasan, Rodante Marcoleta, Mark Villar, Sherwin Gatchalian, Gilbert Teodoro, Larry Gadon, Loren Legarda and Sal Panelo. Senator Migz Zubiri was represented by his wife Audrey Tan-Zubiri.