By Catherine S. Valente | The Manila Times
HUNDREDS of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Japan took to the streets to back the candidacy of presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and his running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
Garbed in red and green, and carrying banners with messages of support for the tandem, nearly 500 Filipinos from various cities such as Osaka and Ibaraki Prefecture joined the unity parade dubbed "BBM-Sara Parade We Unite As One in Tokyo."
The BBM-Sara UniTeam supporters walked for more than a kilometer while the songs "Bagong Lipunan," "Umagang kay Ganda" and "Ako ay Pilipino" played in the background as seen on a video uploaded on the Facebook page of Sonshine Media Network International.
"The group also intermittently stopped to perform their choreographed dance moves, much to the delight of Japanese people who smiled and nodded at the group who chanced upon them along the busy thoroughfare as a sign of support and approval," the camp of Marcos said in a statement.
"The official colors of the UniTeam, which were red and green, also dominated the participants' attire. Some also wore terno, a traditional Filipino dress known to be a favorite of former first lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos," it added.
The Marcos camp said the unity parade was organized by several Japan-based OFW groups who responded to the UniTeam's call for unity.
The organizers made sure that participants strictly observed the Japanese government's health protocols, according to Marcos camp.
"An ambulance was also on standby to assist those who would require urgent medical attention when needed. All participants wore their facemasks and did not remove them throughout the event," the Marcos camp said.
As part of its Covid-19 pandemic recovery plan, the UniTeam pledged to revive the agriculture sector and continue President Rodrigo Duterte's "Build, Build, Build" infrastructure program to generate jobs and boost the economy.
In Manila, actor and United Filipino Artists lead convenor Cesar Montano said that Filipinos whose country's progress should support the BBM-Sara tandem.
"If you're a true Filipino and you want progress for our country, susuportahan mo si BBM at si Sara (you will support BBM and Sara)," Montano said during the recent signing of the memorandum of agreement between the UniTeam and leaders of a confederation of more than 300 political, social, civic and cultural groups nationwide.