Biggest, most influential political parties join forces to back BBM-Sara tandem

28 March 2022

WITH barely over a month before the scheduled May 9 elections, presidential frontrunner Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos and his running mate Inday Sara Duterte’s chances of winning continue to go from strength to strength each passing day.

This, after some of the country’s biggest political parties banded together to support and ensure their victories in their respective presidential and vice-presidential bids.

On Thursday, the National Unity Party (NUP), described as one of the biggest political parties in the country declared its support to the BBM-Sara Uniteam ticket.

In declaring their support, the NUP's top leaders said the call of presidential frontrunner Marcos for unity adheres to their party’s primary vision.

To recall, President Rodrigo Duterte’s political party, the PDP-Laban led by Energy Sec. Alfonso Cusi, also earlier announced its endorsement of Marcos’ presidential bid.

The announcement came after it was confirmed that Bongbong and Digong had a dinner meeting in Malacanang.

Marcos is the standard-bearer of Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) while his running mate Inday Sara Duterte chairs the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) and the vice- presidential bet of the Lakas-CMD.

Apart from their own parties, the UniTeam was also endorsed by Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL), Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP), Reform Party (RP).

Also earlier, three biggest labor groups, including the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), Labor Party of the Philippines (LPP), and Partido Lakas ng Manggagawang Pilipino (PLMP) also endorsed the UniTeam.

Majority of the governors, mayors and other local officials in the provinces have also expressed support to the BBM-Sara tandem.

For their part, the UniTeam thanked all the political parties in joining the “bandwagon of support” for the BBM-Sara Uniteam.

“It is truly reassuring, but at the same time challenging us to be even more prepared and vigilant in light of growing rumors of possible poll fraud in the coming elections,” Atty. Vic Rodriguez, spokesman and chief of staff of Marcos said earlier.

Rodriguez insisted that there was no time for Marcos’ camp to be complacent even as Marcos and Duterte were both leading in all surveys.

“It’s barely two months before the D-Day; and all the national surveys indicate a runaway advantage for Marcos Jr., but we cannot be complacent as the forces that try to put him down ever since, has not ceased and apparently has even intensified their gutter ways,” Rodriguez added.

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FILIPINO VERSION

WALANG KATALO-TALO; MGA PINAKAMALALAKI AT MAIMPLUWENSYANG POLITICAL PARTY SUPORTADO ANG BBM-SARA UNITEAM

MAHIGIT isang buwan na lamang bago ang eleksyon sa Mayo 9, palakas ng palakas ang natatanggap na suporta ni presidential frontrunner Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos at kanyang running mate na si Inday Sara Duterte kaya patuloy din ang pagtaas ng tsansa nila para manalo.

Ito ay matapos magsama-sama ang ilang pinakamalalaki at maimpluwensyang mga partido sa bansa para suportahan at papanalunin ang BBM-Sara UniTeam.

Nito lamang Huwebes, nagpahayag na rin ng suporta sa UniTeam ang National Unity Party (NUP), na itinuturing na isa sa pinakamalaking political party sa bansa.

Ang panawagang pagkakaisa ni Marcos ang siya ring pangunahing adhikain ng NUP.

Kamakailan din, ang political party ni Presidente Rodrigo Duterte na PDP-Laban sa pangunguna ni Energy Sec. Alfonso Cusi, ay nagpahayag na rin ng suporta sa kandidatura ni Marcos.

Ang anunsyo ay nangyari matapos kumpirmahin ng Malakanyang ang naganap na pulong sa pagitan ni Marcos at Presidente Duterte nitong weekend.

Si Marcos ang standard-bearer ng Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) habang si Duterte na chairperson ng Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) ay vice- presidential bet naman ng Lakas-CMD.

Bukod sa kanilang mga sariling partido, ang UniTeam ay nauna nang inendorso ng Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL), Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP), Reform Party (RP).

Kamakailan din ay tatlong malalaking labor group na kinabibilangan ng Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), Labor Party of the Philippines (LPP), at Partido Lakas ng Manggagawang Pilipino (PLMP) ang pormal na ring nagpahayag ng suporta sa UniTeam.

Karamihan din sa mga gobernador, mayor at iba pang mga opisyal sa ibat-ibang mga probinsya ang nagpahayag na rin ng suporta sa UniTeam.

Pinasalamatan naman ng UniTeam ang mga political party sa pagsama sa “bandwagon of support” sa BBM-Sara tandem.

“It is truly reassuring, but at the same time challenging us to be even more prepared and vigilant in light of growing rumors of possible poll fraud in the coming elections,” ayon kay Atty. Vic Rodriguez, spokesman at chief of staff ni Marcos.

Pero agad ding nilinaw ng tagapagsalita na hindi pa rin sila dapat magpakakampante sa kabila ng patuloy na suporta at pamamayagpag sa lahat ng survey.

“It’s barely two months before the D-Day; and all the national surveys indicate a runaway advantage for Marcos Jr., but we cannot be complacent as the forces that try to put him down ever since, has not ceased and apparently has even intensified their gutter ways,” ani Rodriguez.

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