NUEVA Ecjia — Locals up north claim the new tandem of leading presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos and Senate President Tito Sotto being pushed by the Philippine Transport Monitor (PhilTraM) appears to be some sort of a deja vu for them as the MarSo pair is actually their ‘first choice’ ever since or even before PhilTram barnstormed North Luzon on Thursday.
“(Tito) Sotto ako solid. Sa Presidente gusto ko rin si BBM,” said Aleng Lucita Villanueva while another young lady who manages a water refilling station here claimed she believed that the government would do well with leaders like Marcos and Sotto.
“Kami ng pamilya ko Sotto talaga. Si BBM first choice din namin,” said Virgie Santos.
Aside from holding short townhall kamustahan, tropang PhilTraM also installed banners and tarpaulins along the way.
Locals warmly received them with open arms together with several riders from different motorcycle clubs in the province.
“Actually, narinig ko na itong tambalan nina Marcos and Sotto, puwede naman pala. Ok sa amin ito,” said a dried fish vendor at the Mexico, Pampanga public marker.
A young lady who sells banana cue and balut said she already has Marcos and Sotto in her mind as “first choice” in the coming polls on May 9, 2022.
“We believed that Marcos and Sotto is the most qualified leaders to run the government for the next six years. Ito yung gusto naming iparating sa ating mga kababayan kaya hanggat may oras pa, lilibutin namin ang buong bansa para maipakilala ang tambalang MarSo,” said PhilTraM national chairman Aio Bautista.
Barnstorming the north actually came on the heels of a series of caravans in Sto. Tomas and Tanauan cities in Batangas last Sunday before hitting the road in Rizal Province, particularly in the progressive town of Montalban last Wednesday, 27 April 2022.
From Rizal, tropang PhilTram then headed up north to Bulacan, Pampanga , Nueva Ecija all the way to Aparri, Cagayan.
“From Aparri, iikotin namin pabalik ang Pagudpud, Laoag, Vigan, La Union and Baguio City and then pababa uli ng Manila para patuloy na ikampanya ang MarSo,” Bautista added.
“Sa ilang araw naming paglilibot, napaganda ng pagtanggap ng taong-bayan sa MarSo tandem,” Bautista said.
Market vendors, young entrepreneurs, and passersby were first adamant until PhilTram introduced and explained to them what MarSo stands for and their mood immediately turned positive. (Rami/ai/mtvn)