Manila Standard : Pampanga chants ‘daog na’ as Duterte dons ‘war paint’

By Maricel Cruz | Manila Standard

San Fernando City, Pampanga—LAKAS-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) vice presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said Friday night the overwhelming support of Kapampangans for her and UniTeam
inspires her toward victory.

Duterte, the front-running candidate for vice president in the May polls, had just stepped on stage during UniTeam’s festival rally here at Robinsons Grounds when the crowd began to chant “Daog na! Daog na!”

This was Bisaya for “Panalo ka na” or “You’re the winner,” referring to the May 9 elections.

This has been a familiar chant by crowds that attend UniTeam rallies all over the country.

But at the grand rally here, Duterte, Lakas-CMD and regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) chairperson, gave love back to the audience and acknowledged them.

“Kapag sinabi na ng Kapampangan na panalo na ang Bisaya, malakas ang loob ko mananalo ako. Maraming salamat!” said the presidential daughter, who speaks fluent Bisaya.

Duterte chose to wear face paint of red and green or the UniTeam colors, giving her a “warrior” or palaban vibe.

This was noticed by her poll partner, presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, who admired Duterte’s “war paint”.

“Narinig niyo na po ang mensahe ng ating mga senador, narinig niyo po ang mensahe ng ating magiging bise presidente na si Mayor Inday Sara Duterte! Alam niyo po, lagi pong sinasabi ako sa lahat ng mga presidential candidate ang pinaka mapalad, at ang naging kasama ko naging partner ko ay ang pinakamagaling, pinakamahusay, pinakamatapang,” Marcos said.

“Nakita ninyo naka-war paint na, palaban na e, talagang handang handa na sa laban itong ating bise presidente, at dahil kasama ko po ang partner ko po ay ang siyang pinakanagmamahal sa Pilipinas kaya po ako ay napakapalad,” noted the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) standard-bearer.

The UniTeam is entering its final week of campaign and they are expected to go all-out in consolidating support from local officials.

Duterte and Marcos are both survey frontrunners.