MANILA — The people of Bataan showed their full support for the UniTeam as they warmly welcomed presidential frontrunner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos during his visit to the province on Thursday.
Everyone was cheering and excited when Bongbong arrived at the headquarters of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) in Pilar, where he led the opening ceremony.
“Maraming salamat sa inyong pagpunta,” he said to the supporters who were all running towards him to have a glimpse of a chance to have a photo taken with the PFP standard-bearer.
After the event, he started his almost one-hour caravan where thousands of supporters were waiting for him beside the streets and all too happy to see him while waving their banners and tarpaulins amidst the shouting, “BBM!” and “Bongbong may nanalo na!”
Before attending the grand rally, Marcos made a courtesy call at the Cathedral Shrine Parish of Saint Joseph to meet Bishop of Balanga Diocese Ruperto Cruz Santos.
Bishop Santos welcomed Bongbong, saying there is no competition at their church as they only want to do God’s command of providing love and care for everyone.
“Maraming salamat na kung saan ang pagpasok niyo dito ay pagkilala hindi sa tao kundi pagkilala sa Diyos. Ang pagpasok niyo dito ay pag-aalay sa Diyos mismo,” Bishop Santos said.
After his short courtesy call, Bongbong went to the jampacked Bataan People’s Center, where supporters were all wearing red and green, to signify their support for the UniTeam.
Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman recalled why the people of Bataan love and support the Marcoses.
She said the projects implemented by former President Ferdinand Marcos, like the Freeport Area of Bataan, Roman Superhighway, and Mt. Samat Shrine, have all been beneficial to them.
“Bataan is both Marcos and Duterte country. Hindi po namin kailangang umasa sa haka-haka o survey. Ito po ay napatunayan na nung nakaraang halalan,” Roman said.
“Hindi na ako nabubulag na minamahal kayo dito. When I look at you and Inday, I vision a bright future for the country,” she added.
Before Bongbong’s speech, Gov. Albert Garcia introduced him as a leader who will unite the whole country.
“Buong probinsiya ng Bataan, winindang ni BBM- Sara UniTeam. Kaya maraming-maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat talagang ang buong lalawigan ay lumabas para batiin ang ating bisita lalong-lalo na ang susunod nating pangulo ng republika,” Garcia said.
Garcia proudly said that Bataan province has the “tatak at bakas” (brand and mark) of Marcos.
“Kaya hindi nakapagtataka kung ang buong Bataan ay para kay Marcos. Nakita natin ito nung 2016 at sigurado po pagdating ng Mayo ipapakita muli ang suporta kay president at magiging pangulo po natin na si BBM,” he said.
Garcia added that the UniTeam message of unity resonates among the people of Bataan.
The people of Bataan gave Bongbong loud applause and shouts as he thanked them for not leaving him ever since.
“Salamat sa pag-alala sa lahat ng ginawa ng aking ama dito sa Bataan. Nagpapasalamat din ako sa inyo at napaka-init po ng pagsalubong niyo sa akin,” he said.
“Mula sa simula hanggang sa ngayon, ang Bataan ay hindi iniwan ang mga Marcos,” he added.
Marcos said the UniTeam will continue to go around the country to deliver their message of UniTeam, which he said will bring the country to a better and brighter future.
Bongbong also had a short meet and greet with the local mayors of Bataan and thanked them for giving support not only to him but to his entire slate.
“It’s a very important sign of what we are talking about — the message of unity,” he said.
Last 2016, Marcos won by a huge margin in the province against his rival Leni Robredo during their face-off for the vice presidency. (ai/mtvn)