Journal News Online : Pinoys heed BBM-Sara unity call

25 April 2022

By Ryan Ponce Pacpaco | Journal News Online

Mammoth Taguig rally proves

TENS of thousands of UniTeam supporters flocked to its rally in Taguig City on Sunday as presidential frontrunner former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and his tandem, Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) vice presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said their message to free the Filipino people from the fetters of disunity gets stronger by the day.

The rally with a thick crowd of supporters that jampacked the Arca South open grounds in Taguig City was organized my mayoralty candidate Arnel Cerafica, vice mayoralty bet Janelle Serafica, and congressional candidates Michelle Anne “Che-Che” Gonzales and Allan Cerafica and Next Gen for BBM.

Marcos expressed confidence that he and Duterte will hurdle the pandemic and other country’s major problems through their call for national unity.

“Alam niyo po ang aming pagsasama ni Inday Sara ay may kahulugan po na napaka-ganda. Ito po ay simbolo ng aming isinisigaw na pagkakaisa dahil po kung iisipin po natin na ang isang kagaya ko na nanggaling sa Norte at ang isang kagaya ni Inday Sara na nanggaling sa Davao sa Mindanao, na nanggaling sa magkabilang dako ng Pilipinas ay maaring magsama, siguro naman kaya nating ipagkaisa ang sambayanang Pilipino,” Marcos told the cheering crowd of UniTeam supporters.

“Nakakataba po ng puso masyado ang inyo pong napakainit na pagsalubong sa amin at ramdam na ramdam po namin na habang tumatagal po, ang aming kampanya, habang dumadami ang nakakarinig sa mensahe ng pagkakaisa, dumadami na po ang sumasama at nakikipagsanib-puwersa dito sa ating pinag-uusapan at ipinaglalaban na mensahe ng pagkakaisa,” Marcos stressed.

“Kadalasan kapag akoy nagsasalita, ang pinag uusapan ko ang aming adhikain na pagkakaisa ay kailangan ko ipaliwanag ngunit dito naman sa Taguig hindi na kailangan magpaliwanag, nagkaisa na! Nakikita ko po at naririnig ko po sa inyong mga ngiti, naririnig ko po sa inyong mga sigaw ang tunay na puso ng Pilipino kaya po kami ay may tiwala na mainit ang pagtanggap ng taong-bayan sa mensahe namin ng pagkakaisa dahil alam naman po natin tayong mga Pilipino nasa puso po natin ang malasakit, nasa puso natin ang magmahal at tayo namang mga Pilipino hindi naman tayo naghahanap ng gulo, hindi naman tayo pala away. Madali lang patunayan ‘yan, tingnan n’yo ‘yung mga katabi n’yo nakangiti lahat ‘yan, walang nakasimangot kahit gutom na,” Marcos added.

Joining Marcos, Duterte said they would unite Filipinos sans political colors to address the pandemic with dispatch and create more jobs and livelihood opportunities for Filipinos.

“Una ay pagkakaisa, kapag kami ang inyong mga pinili na leaders sa May 9, dadalhin namin kayo sa iisang direksyon ng tuloy-tuloy na kaunlaran ng wala pong kulay ng pulitika. Hindi po kami green, hindi kami red, hindi kami blue, orange, lalong lalo na hindi kami pink at yellow. Isa lang po tayong lahat, isa lang ang kulay ng mga Pilipino, Pilipinong masipag at magiting tungo sa kaunlaran ng ating bayan. Iyan po ang pagkakaisa ng UniTeam namin ni Bongbong Marcos at Sara Duterte,” Duterte said as she thanked the Seraficas, Gonzales and Next Gen for BBM for organizing the UniTeam rally.

“Maraming salamat! kapag sinabi ng Taguig ay panalo na ako siguradong panalo na ako,” Duterte said.

She also reminded the voters to bring sample ballots on election day for them to completely excercise their right to suffrage.

In jest, Duterte said she will ask her campaign manager, House Majority Leader and Leyte 1st District Rep. Martin G. Romualdez who attended the rally to provide burger for their supporters.

“Paalala lang sa ating mga kababayan, sa inyong lahat, napakahalaga ng ating kodigo, sample ballot sa araw ng halalan dahil napakarami ng pangalan na kailangan natin maalala. Maraming salamat, mahal ko kayo, mahalin natin ang Pilipinas. Burger, burger, burger, burger, burger, burger, burger, burger kayong lahat sa amin, kakausapin ko ang aking campaign manager, humihingi sila ng burger,” Duterte said.

“Iyung sinabi ni Inday Sara, ‘yung kanyang campaign manager ang ating Majority Floor Leader [Romualdez] ang bahala sa inyo, papakyawin niya lahat ng hamburger dito sa Taguig at ipapakain sa inyo,” Marcos for his part said.

The huge rally in Taguig City was the second in two days in Metro Manila for the BBM-Sara tandem and the UniTeam’s senatorial slate as they have been working very hard to solidify their support from voters in the country’s primary vote-rich region.

Marcos and Duterte themselves could not help but marvel at the support that they have been getting and witnessing from voters and their supporters, which was again exhibited during the UniTeam rally in Manila on Saturday where Manileños crowded the Bustillos area in the city for BBM-Sara.

The presidential frontrunner and his tandem have been whipping up the biggest show of support from voters and supporters since the start of the campaign, with numbers going from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of people cramming their campaign rallies.

In Cebu alone, the UniTeam assembled 300,000 supporters during its rally in the province with the support of its allied local and provincial officials, who promised to give Marcos and Duterte a landslide win.

The strong show of support was repeated in the rallies of the UniTeam in Laguna and Batangas.