Uniteam tandem Sara Duterte and Bongbong Marcos
MANILA — MILLIONS of BBM-Sara Uniteam supporters on Sunday displayed their initial strength by staging what they described as the caravan for peace, unity, and progress in more than dozens of cities and provinces all over the country.
The simultaneous BBM-Sara Uniteam cavalcade was initiated by the grassroots supporters of both presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos and Sara Duterte, which started as early as 8 a.m. in more than 30 cities and 15 provinces in Mindanao, Bicol Region, Calabarzon, Abra, certain provinces in Northern Luzon, and Metro Manila.
The series of caravans, which was attended by Bongbong and Sara in Davao Del Norte, was the first since they separately announced their candidacy.
Both aspirants led their supporters in a massive show of force in Carmen and Tagum City with the numbers swelling to more than 10,000 participants, practically turning the streets into a sea of red and green.
For the first time, the tandem addressed their supporters together and thanked them “for their support in our effort to rise again.”
“We will rise again,” Marcos told the crowd.
“Let us protect our candidates, let us protect our President, and let us protect BBM,” Sara addressed their supporters while calling for unity.
Bongbong and Sara also led in the oath-taking of new officials and candidates of the
Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP), followed by the blessing and opening of the PFP headquarters in Tagum City.
“I’m really overwhelmed, just seeing the posts and live videos on social media by our supporters. I don’t know how to thank them for the effort they are showing,” Marcos said.
Tens of thousands also joined the caravan in Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, further fortifying the “Solid North” that have been traditionally behind the Marcos family.
Residents of Isabela also poured into the streets, while at least 15,000 BBM supporters trooped to the streets in Abra behind Abra Rep. JB Bernos and other local officials.
Not to be outdone, the locals of Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, and Bataan joined their respective “unity ride” to show support for the BBM-Sara Uniteam, especially for Marcos who they said was being riddled with false accusations.
“The more they try to besmirch BBM’s reputation the more we are focused on showing them how ardent and relentless our support for him. This caravan is our answer to his call for unity,” said a supporter in Pangasinan.
Thousands also joined the caravans in Bicol Region, Cavite, Batangas, Quezon and Laguna.
In Metro Manila, a throng of BBM-Sara Uniteam supporters from Parañaque, Quezon City, Caloocan, Pasay, and Manila held their own cavalcades, while a group of bikers organized a clean-up drive in Manila Bay along the Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
“Unity Riders” from Visayas and Mindanao also took to the streets in Bacolod, Aklan, and Cagayan de Oro, where at least 10, 000 individuals registered.
Some of the invitations that were posted on social media as early as Saturday also emphasized that the supporters were not paid and were advised to follow minimum health protocols.
Marcos thanked the organizers for “voluntarily organizing the simultaneous events and for their sacrifices in being able to come up with a successful unity ride.”
The BBM-Sara Uniteam believes that the country should have a “unifying leadership” as we try to move on from the pandemic. (ai/mtvn)