Vice Presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. got a pleasant surprise on Thursday afternoon when a huge crowd turned out to welcome his “Unity Caravan” in Gingoog City in the province of Misamis Oriental.
Located in the northern region of Mindanao, or around 122 kilometers east of the capital city of Cagayan de Oro, Gingoog City has an estimated population of over 117, 000 and considered a bailiwick of the ruling Liberal Party.
The city’s incumbent mayor is Stella Marie Guingona, the sister of LP stalwart and re-electionist senator Teofisto Guingona III.
A crowd, estimated at around five thousand, gave Marcos a rousing welcome as he entered a makeshift stage at the Gingoog public market, many chanting his name and jostling each other in a bid to shake his hand or have a selfie with him.
Marcos expressed elation said, “I did not expect to see these many people here. Thank you very much for your very warm welcome and for coming to this event even on just a short notice."
He then reiterated his call for national unity, which he said is necessary to enable the country to overcome the multitude of problems facing us today to usher a brighter future for all Filipinos.
Marcos cited the Mindanao power problem as an example of how years of divisiveness have hampered new developments.
“For thirty years we have this power problem and it is still with us. What happened? We have all seen that the politics of division has prevented our leaders from giving us the projects and programs that we need to solve this power problem,” he said.
The event at Gingoog was organized by the local supporters of Marcos in the city, led by Besben Maquiso.
Before the event, Marcos conducted a brief motorcade around the city and inaugurated the BBM (Bongbong Marcos) Volunteer Center located at 22 Rodriguez Street where hundreds of people also welcomed him.