Business Mirror : BBM-Sara proclamation rally expected to gather biggest crowds

8 February 2022

By Business Mirror

A BIG crowd – expected to hit the maximum allowed by health protocols — is expected at the Philippine Arena in Sta. Maria, Bulacan today (Tuesday) for the proclamation rally of the BBM-Sara UniTeam.

Volunteers started to flock to the area as early as Saturday.

The proclamation of survey frontrunner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. and his running-mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte will cap the occasion, which will be also highlighted by the formal introduction of the entire UniTeam’s senatorial ticket.

Preparations for the “big event” started as early as Saturday morning, with volunteers meticulously putting the final touches until Monday evening to ensure there are no hitches when the BBM-Sara UniTeam kicks off its campaign.

According to the UniTeam camp, at least 25,000 supporters from all over the country are expected to troop to the multi-purpose facility, tagged by the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest indoor arena.

The Philippine Arena boasts of a 55,000 seating capacity, but only 25,000 will be allowed to witness the event in deference to health protocols.

UniTeam event organizers said security will be tight, and only the fully vaccinated will be allowed inside the arena.

The event will start at 4 p.m. and is expected to end around 7 p.m., but not before Marcos and Duterte introduce their official senatorial line-up that includes Senators Sherwin Gatchalian and Juan Miguel Zubiri, and former Defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro.

They are joined by former Public Works and Highways secretary Mark Villar, former Palace spokesperson Harry Roque, Rep. Loren Legarda, former senator Jinggoy Estrada, Rep. Rodante Marcoleta, former Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista, lawyer Larry Gadon, and former senator and Information and Communications Technology secretary Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan II.

The Marcos-Duterte tandem has led most surveys in the May 2022 elections, a trend that their camp said is reflected in the massive support they have been receiving on the ground whenever they visit various parts of the country.