By Ryan Ponce Pacpaco | Journal News Online
GENERAL TRIAS CITY, Cavite — CLAD in red and green shirts, thousands of residents and biggest political leaders in this vote-rich province vowed to unite and extend their all-out support to the UniTeam tandem of former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.
Speaking before a huge crowd, Duterte expressed gratitude for the warm welcome of Caviteños.
“Maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat dito sa Cavite, sa oras at sa oportunidad na makasama kayo, makilala kayo, at makapagbigay ng mensahe para sa inyong lahat,” Duterte said.
In her 14-minute speech, Duterte shared her vision of bringing back the lost jobs due to the pandemic, promoting peace, and unity among all Filipinos — the UniTeam’s campaign battlecry.
Marcos also thanked the Caviteños for their show of support during the UniTeam’s third visit to the province.
Unity, Marcos said, is the key for a better and more progressive change for the country.
“Itutulak natin na magsama-sama at mag buklod-buklod ang galing, ang pagsisikap, at pagmamahal ng bawat Pilipino sa isa’t isa,” Marcos said.
“Kaya naman po ang aming adhikain ay ipagkaisa ang sambayanang Pilipino na kapit-bisig at sabay-sabay na haharap sa kahit anumang sakuna. Ang lahat ng hirap ay makakaya natin lahat dahil tayo ay Pilipino — nagmamahalan, nagkakaisa, at tinutulungan ang bawa’t isa,” Marcos added.
The political family of the Remullas formally endorsed the UniTeam ticket and vowed their all-out support, saying Cavite is “Marcos country”.
“If the people are looking for a type of governance that is unifying, inclusive and accepting, that wants to move the country forward and not pay attention to try to negate all the negative, then the UniTeam is it,” former Cavite Rep. Gilbert Remulla said.
“The BBM-Sara combination is something that we can look forward to, to make sure that we don’t wake up in the morning and say that, ‘oh my God, this country is horrible.’ This is the tandem and the leadership that the country needs at this time,” he added.
Remulla lauded Duterte for being an “experienced and passionate leader” making her the most capable among all vice presidential candidates.
“It goes to show her readiness for the job, which can be considered a big qualification to be vice president of the Philippines. She has an idea on knowing how the government works, and then applying it to the vice presidency — that it in self, you know that somebody is capable because she has leadership experience,” Remulla said, referring to Duterte’s recent recognition by the RP Mission and Development Foundation, Inc. as top performing mayor in the Philippines with a 98 percent satisfaction rate.
Among the UniTeam senatorial candidates during the rally were Sherwin Gatchalian, Herbert Bautista, Loren Legarda, Mark Villar, Harry Roque, Jinggoy Estrada, Gregorio Honasan, Dante Marcoleta, Robin Padilla, Gibo Teodoro, and Larry Gadon.
TV host Toni Gonzaga also graced the event together with Bayani Agbayani, Eric Nicolas, Silent Sanctuary, Andrew E., and Plethora.