Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 1) — The tandem of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. and Sara Duterte on Saturday urged supporters to push back scheduled caravans in Metro Manila amid the imposition of the stricter Alert Level 3 and the rise in COVID-19 cases.
"The safety of everyone is of paramount importance to us. That is why we are advising all our supporters to exercise self restraint in their political mobilization plans in compliance with the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) decision," their camp said in a statement.
"We are also appealing to our supporters to suspend mass gatherings and obey the guidelines under the Alert level 3."
Supporters of the Marcos-Duterte tandem - dubbed "UniTeam" - were initially set to hold a caravan in Caloocan City on Jan. 2.
The poll hopefuls appealed to the public to remain vigilant due to the threat of the Omicron variant. They also encouraged people to get vaccines and boosters when they can.
The capital region will shift back to Alert Level 3 from Jan. 3-15 following the detection of three local Omicron cases. Malacañang on Friday warned there's a "high possibility of local transmission" of the dreaded variant, based on the latest epidemiological investigation.