BBM declared sure winner; Manileños go red, vow to protect his votes

BBM declared sure winner; Manileños go red, vow to protect his votes

Manileños on Saturday night showed their solid support for the BBM-Sara UniTeam.

This, as tens of thousands of Manila residents, clad in red and green, trooped to Bustillos in Sampaloc, Manila to listen to the UniTeam candidates, led by Partido Federal ng Pilipinas standard-bearer Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. and his running mate Mayor Inday Sara Duterte.

Manila mayoralty candidate Alex Lopez pointed out that Marcos, whom he said is already a sure winner, will give his all for the country.

“Si BBM ang panalo na. Mabuhay ang ating susunod na president. At sa Mayo 9 aanihin natin ang ipinunla ng ating mga ninuno…Ibibigay ni BBM ang kanyang tapang, ang kanyang talino, ang kanyang malasakit, ang kanyang puso para sa Pilipinas. Para tayo ay bumangon muli. Sama-sama tayong babangon muli kay BBM at Inday Sara. Sama-sama tayo patungo sa maunlad at mapayapang bansa. Mga kababayan, narito na po ang susunod na presidente ng Republika ng Pilipinas, Senador Bongbong Marcos,” he said which was greeted with resounding cheers of “BBM” by the mammoth crowd.

Lopez stressed that the City of Manila, which is buried neck-deep in debt due to the Covid19 pandemic, will soon recover under the UniTeam’s leadership because the ticket’s goal is for Filipinos to unite, move together on the road to economic recovery, and proudly show the world their love for the country.

“Tayo po rito ay nagkaisa sa iisang layunin, ang iahon ang bawat isa sa kahirapan at bumangon muli para ipakita natin sa buong mundo ang pagmamahal natin sa ating bansa. Ramdam ko ang inyong paghihirap kaya tayo po, sa pamumuno ni BBM at Sara ay aahon sa hirap at uunlad po,” he said, which drew further cheers from the crowd that filled the stretch of Earnshaw Street in Bustillos, Sampaloc all the way to Lacson Avenue and spilled over to H. Loyola Street.

In response, Marcos and Duterte assured the crowd that should they win, they will focus on reopening jobs to ensure that Filipinos, especially those who lost their jobs due to the pandemic, could earn to ensure that they will have sufficient food on their table.

“May tatlong bagay na sinasabi naming kailangang tutukan ng gobyerno. Una ang mga trabaho at negosyo na nawala dahil sa pandemic. Dahil may bakuna na, may mask na, may Molnupiravir na, dapat hindi na natin ila-lockdown ang mga trabaho, mga negosyo, at mga komunidad….Kailangang tutukan ng gobyerno ang pera sa bulsa at pagkain sa lamesa ng bawat pamilyang Pilipino. ‘Yan po ang sinasabi namin na sama-sama tayong babangong muli sa pandemiya o sa kahirapan na dulot ng pandemiya,” Duterte said.

“Gaya ng pina-alala ng aking vice president ay mag-ingat po kayo at kayo at magpa-booster shot para makabalik na kayo sa trabaho para hindi na tayo ma-lockdown. Bawal na ang lockdown dahil kawawa na masyado ang mga tao. Kawawa nang naghihirap at hindi makapasok sa trabaho. Marami po tayong kailangang gawin para maging mas maganda at mas magaan ang buhay ng pangkaraniwang mamamayang Pilipino,” Marcos said for his part.

While the presidential frontrunner was giving his speech, the crowd shouted “Hindi kami papayag dayain ka!”

“Tama ‘yan. Huwag tayong papaloko. ‘Wag na talaga nating payagan ‘yung mga ginagawang kalokohan sa eleksyon,” he said.

However, Marcos also reminded that President Rodrigo Duterte already issued a warning against groups who are planning to destroy the integrity of the forthcoming elections.

“Ngunit kinakampihan po tayo ng ating Pangulo. Winawarningan nya po lahat ng mga nag-iisip na gumawa ng kalokohan sa darating na halalan, siya raw ang bahala sa inyong lahat. Kaya mag-isip-isip kayo bago niyo gawin ‘yan,” he said.

Throughout the rally, the supportive crowd kept affirming Lacson’s statement that Marcos is a sure winner in the said city, professing that Manila is Red, referring to Marcos’ camp color.

They also cheered their support for the UniTeam senatorial bets, both for those who were physically on stage and those who could not attend but whose video messages were played on the screen.

Early on at the start of the program, the emcees commented on the size of the crowd, adding that most of them were already there by 2 pm although the rally was scheduled to start at 5 pm.

“Nasa harap tayo ng Loreto at San Antonio (Churches), pero ang tao kala mo Piyesta ng Quiapo,” he said.

“Grabe, hindi mahulugan ng karayom. Alas dos pa lang ng tanghali, katirikan ng araw may mga nandito na. Dahil ang Maynila ay nagkaisa na,” his co-host added. (ai/mtvn)

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