By Catherine S. Valente | The Manila Times
THE grand rally of presidential aspirant Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and his running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, in Antique province was not cancelled but only rescheduled to another date "in the spirit of peace and unity."
Lawyer Victor Rodriguez, spokesman of Marcos, made the statement after the scheduled rally of the tandem was called off as several residents, including the son of the slain Evelio Javier, protested on social media.
"The caravan-cum-rally which was set for Feb. 24, 2022 by the BBM-Sara UniTeam in Binirayan Sports Complex, San Jose De Buenavista in the province of Antique was not cancelled. It was reset to another date," Rodriguez said in a statement.
"We decided to adjust our schedule to a later date in the spirit of peace and unity," he added.
The Marcos-Duterte tandem was supposed to hold a rally on February 24 at Evelio B. Javier Freedom Park in the capital town of San Jose, the same place where the former Antique governor was shot on Feb. 11, 1986, by heavily armed men.
Javier served as the director of then president Corazon "Cory" Aquino's campaign in the 1986 snap presidential elections against Marcos' father and namesake, the late president Ferdinand Marcos Sr.
The 1986 snap election was one of the landmark events that led to the historical People Power Revolution as Filipinos sought to drive Marcos out of Malacañang.
Javier is considered a major hero in Antique, with the park and the province's airport named after him.