MANILA — It’s never too late.
That’s exactly what they have in mind as far as the Philippine Transport Monitor (PhilTraM) members are concerned for the tandem of leading presidential candidate BongBong Marcos and vice presidentiable Tito Sotto the transport group is pushing for them in the coming national and local elections on May 9, 2022.
Put together, “isang perpektong tambalan and meron po and MarSo o Bongbong Marcos at Tito Sotto,” PhilTraM national chairman Aio Bautista said in yesterday press launch of the newest political partnership in Quezon City.
“It’s a longshot, but we’re still hopeful that MarSo can still attract attention and change the course of the coming election lalo na po sa sa mga undecided pa or what they call as soft voters,” Bautista said.
PhilTraM has over 20,000 members nationwide and with the support of women’s and youth organizations as well as religious group, Bautista said PhilTraM can pull off a big surprise in the last few weeks and days of the most anticipated poll exercise.
According to Bautista, efforts to push MarSo into the top rung of public awareness started as early as March but they were only working silently.
PhilTraM decided to support the candidacy of Marcos and Sotto as both candidates for the country’s top two elective posts share the same platforms and programs focused on unifying the country and the upliftment of the marginalized particularly the transport sector.
“Itinutulak ni BBM and unifying leadership. Si Tito Sen (Sotto) naman isang tunay na player. Sa mahabang panahong paglilingkod sa publiko, Nakita natin kung gaano katatag ang Senado dahil isang magaling na player si Senate President Tito Sotto,” Bautista stressed.
“Kung magsasama sila, walang duda sa kaunlaran at katiwasayan ng pamumuhay ang tungo ng sambayanan at ng transport sektor,” Bautista added.
“Pinili naming si BBM at si SP Sotto at and isinusulong naming ay ang MarSo dahil nais naming ipakita sa sambayanan ang isang ‘maasahan at makapaglilingkod ng tapat na tambalan na isang alternatibo para sa botanteng Pinoy,” said Bautista.
Bautista reiterated that the move is an initiative of PhilTraM, but the group remained open to any support that could help MarSo win in the coming election.
As such, Bautista said they already instructed their members to aggressively campaign MarSo through community meetings, caravans, motorcades, light rallies, and whatever that can help drum up awareness for MarSo.
“Kailangan naming ng isng masiglang kampanya. As early as March may mga ginawa na kaming pagkilos on the ground sa San Mateo, Montalban in Rizal gayundin sa Novaliches at Kalookan. May mga pagkilos na rin kami sa Cebu. Tulong-tulong lahat, pero kung may nais pang tumulong welcome po ang lahat,” Bautista added.
Sotto is still lagging behind front-runner Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte based on several survey results but Bautista said he remains positive MarSo to pull off one big surprise.
“May 18 araw pa bago ang halalan. Nagkakaroon na rin ng pagtatambal-tambal sa mga kandidato. But the best alternative na nakita namin para talagang maipagpatuloy ang nagkakaisang liderato sa ating bansa, iboto natin ang Marso.. Sa MarSo, Masa ang Panalo,” Bautista said. (ai/mtvn)