By John Michael Mugas | Inquirer.net
LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte, Philippines — A motorcade mounted by supporters of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in his bailiwick in Ilocos Sur on Sunday, November 7, drew more or less 8,000 supporters, organizers claimed.
Efren Rafanan, provincial board member and one of the organizers of the event, said the caravan lasted for six hours, from 6 a.m until 12 noon.
The caravan covered towns and cities in the two districts of Ilocos Sur, from the northern town of Sinait to the south in Tagudin, with organizers saying that it spanned an approximate distance of at least 125 kilometers.
Rafanan claimed that “more or less 8,000 supporters” in the province participated in the caravan, adding that it went beyond the initial expectation of 4,000 supporters.
According to Rafanan, what transpired in Ilocos Sur highlighted the “Ilocano support” to Marcos Jr.’s candidacy in the 2022 presidential race and that the “solid north power is still there.”
Rafanan said that the disqualification case faced by Marcos Jr. is an indication that the latter has a strong chance of winning in the presidential elections in 2022.
He added that a similar activity will be launched in the Ilocos region soon.
Meanwhile, Kervin King, one of the primary organizers of the event, said in a social media post that “a little more than 5,400 vehicles with over 7,000 (people) joined the motorcade.”
“All are safe and we didn’t cause too much traffic considering the 27.3-km head to tail length of the motorcade,” he added.
In a post on his social media account, Marcos Jr. thanked his supporters Sunday afternoon.
“Maraming salamat sa lahat ng nag-organisa at lumahok sa mga caravan at motorcade na isinagawa sa iba’t ibang dako ng bansa. Lubos akong nagagalak sa inyong pagpapakita ng suporta at pakikiisa sa ating mithiin,” he said.
(Thanks very much to all the organizers and participants in the caravans and motorcades conducted in different venues in the country. I am very pleased with your show of support and unity with our goal.)