MANILA — Tens of thousands of Lagunenses, coming not only from Binan but also from Laguna’s other municipalities not yet visited by the BBM-Sara UniTeam, flocked to the Binan Football Field in Binan City to show their support for Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) standard-bearer Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. and his running-mate Mayor Inday Sara Duterte.
During the grand rally held Thursday night at the said venue, Gov. Ramil L. Hernandez formally endorsed Marcos, introducing him as president. He already endorsed Duterte, vice presidential bet of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (LAKAS-CMD) Party earlier.
“Buong pamunuan ng PDP-Laban kasama po ng iba pang mga partido na nandito ay nagkakaisa para po sa iisang layunin, si Governor Hernandez po bilang pangulo ng PDP-Laban Laguna, ang akin pong presidente at vice president ay BBM-SARA. Akin po ang karangalan na ipakilala sa inyo ang presidente nating lahat, president Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr.,” Hernandez said.
Hernandez, president of Laguna’s Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), earlier welcomed Marcos in previous campaign sorties in the province but remained mum on his endorsement.
For his part, Binan City Vice Mayor Gel Alonte said he is endorsing Marcos because he is fit to become the country’s next president.
Alonte added that just as his father, former President Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. was accredited for most of the developments in the province, Marcos, Jr., or BBM, would also bring further development.
“OK si BBM. Maganda ang nagawa ng tatay niya rito. At siya mismo, isa siya sa nagbigay-daan para magin siyudad ang Binan kaya naniniwala kami na marami pa siyang magagawa rito,” he said.
The mammoth crowd, which included a lady who was already in the advanced stage of her pregnancy, reiterated the endorsement of their local officials and chanted “Panalo ka na rito!” repeatedly.
One of the supporters said incumbent Binan City Mayor Arman Dimaguila and his opponent, Mike Yatco, who is related to Marcos’ national campaign manager and former MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos by marriage, both endorse Marcos for president.
“Maraming nagdatingan ditong galing sa mga ibang munisipalidad ng Laguna kasi gusto nilang makita at marinig si BBM kaso hindi naman lahat ng sulok ng Laguna mapupuntahan niya kaya nagsipuntahan sila rito,” he said.
Meanwhile, Marcos expressed gratitude to the crowd for the warm welcome given to their tandem and their senatorial slate as well as the full support they are showing them.
“Maraming salamat sa inyong mainit na suporta sa tambalang Marcos-Duterte at sa buong UniTeam,” he said.
The presidential frontrunner also reiterated their message of unity, hope, and patriotism as he disclosed plans to boost the country’s tourism industry, including that of Laguna, which is known for its diverse tourism attractions.
“Napakaganda ng Pilipinas at napakadaling ipagmalaki sa buong mundo kaya’t aayusin natin ang ating tourism industry,” he said.
Marcos also spoke anew of how fortunate he was that Duterte, who he said is the most qualified, the most courageous, and the one with the strongest love for the country among her opponents, agreed to pair up with him.
“Wag po kayong maniwala sa sinabi niya (pointing to Duterte) na hindi siya ang pinakamabait at pinakamatalinong vice presidential candidate. Gaya ng matagal ko nang sinasabi, naniniwala ako na ako ang pinakamaswerteng presidential candidate dahil ang vice president ko ang pinakamagaling, pinakamatapang, at tunay na nagmamahal sa bansa. Ang Vice President natin, Inday Sara Duterte!” he said.
The campaign rally was spearheaded by Laguna officials led by Deputy Speaker and Laguna Rep. Marlyn “Len” Alonte, Biñan City Mayor Arman Dimaguila, Vice Mayor Gel Alonte, Hernandez, Vice Gov. Karen Agapay, Rep. Ruth Hernandez and others.
Aside from Marcos and Duterte, also present were UniTeam senatorial bets Herbert Bautista, Jinggoy Estrada, Larry Gadon, Harry Roque, Gibo Teodoro, and Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian. (ai/mtvn)