Despite a four-hour heavy downpour and an earthquake, thousands of supporters of the UniTeam led by consistent frontrunners presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos and vice presidential hopeful Sara Duterte, on Thursday stayed to be part of the party’s Mindanao Miting de Avance in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.
The venue, which was the same rally site as the UniTeam’s contending party, was already full and spilling off as early as 2 p.m. even if the event was scheduled to start late afternoon.
While the crowd was enjoying the entertainment of the grandest political gathering held in the province, an earthquake struck.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology later said it was a 5.8-magnitude tremor with the epicenter in Tarragona, Davao Oriental.
Despite the rain and tremor, Samra Esmael-Buisan, a utility worker, said she will remain in the venue to wait for the BBM-Sara tandem.
UniTeam senatorial candidates Larry Gadon, Harry Roque, Win Gatchalian, Robin Padilla, Gibo Teodoro, Jinggoy Estrada, Mark Villar and Migz Zubiri, and SAGIP Party-list Representative Rodante Marcoleta attended the event.
The Miting de Avance here was the UniTeam’s second after it kicked off a successful gathering in Guimbal, Iloilo on May 3.