By Michelle R. Guillang | Daily Tribune
Supporters of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., and vice-presidential aspirant Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Wednesday filled the stretch of Commonwealth Ave. and other major streets in Quezon City during the duo’s first “grand caravan.”
The caravan, mostly motorcycle riders, practically occupied all eight lanes of the northbound (Brgy. Commonwealth) and southbound (Brgy. Commonwealth to Philcoa) of Commonwealth Avenue as the convoy passed through.
The motorcade kicked off with a meet-and-greet event at the eastbound lane of Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City, in front of the Commission on Audit (CoA) head office.
The caravan took a U-turn along Fairview and went through Commonwealth Avenue to Quezon Avenue and ended at the Welcome Rotonda.
The motorcade, however, caused heavy traffic along the city’s major thoroughfare which prompted the local government unit (LGU) of Quezon City to advise motorists heading Commonwealth Avenue to take alternative routes.
Moreover, the city government said the organizers of the motorcade “changed their minds and refused to coordinate” with them for the event.
The LGU asserted that the motorcade’s organizers did not abide by what was agreed upon during their meeting last 6 December.
Despite this, over 1,000 police and members of the Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS), Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO), Task Force Disiplina, and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) have been deployed by the LGU around the area.
It also called on to other political groups which intend to conduct election-related activities in Quezon city to ensure that the minimum health protocols are being enforced amid the pandemic.
In response, lawyer Vic Rodriguez—chief of staff and spokesperson of Marcos—thanked the Quezon city government for its assistance and apologized for the heavy traffic their event had caused.
Quezon City mayoralty aspirant Anakalusugan party-list representative Mike Defensor spearheaded the event with his running mate, Councilor Winnie Castelo.
“I apologize for the heavy traffic because the turnout was really unexpected with the large number of people who joined,” Defensor said.
Defensor vowed to deliver more than 750,000 votes for Marcos and Duterte-Carpio in next year’s polls.
“Based on the number of voters during the last election, there were 1.3 million registered voters. Assuming that we have 1.3 and we have a turnout of almost 80 percent or one million, we can estimate that Bongbong Marcos’ vote will be at 750,000 or more in Quezon City. Your supermajority in Quezon City,” he claimed.