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Bongbong, Sara draw large crowds in separate campaign activities



Despite campaigning separately on Thursday, the tandem of presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos and Sara Duterte-Carpio drew huge turnouts, with one barnstorming the North, while the other in the South.

Sara, the presidential daughter, expressed that she chose to campaign in Luzon than join Bongbong in his rallies in Mindanao on Thursday to maximize their lead in areas that are not their bailiwicks.

“We have different areas where we need to focus on. So, yes, there we will be many areas where we will campaign separately,” she told reporters.

“The agreement is to cover more areas. We need to split out and collaborate on certain areas,” she added.

Vice presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio takes a selfie with supporters during her campaign rally in Limay Sports Complex in Bataan on Thursday.

Bongbong travelled to battle-scarred Marawi City and Bukidnon while Sara visited Bataan and Antipolo City, Rizal–both were hosted by provincial chief executives.

In an ambush interview, the presidential front-runner was asked if Marawi rehabilitation will be one of his priority programs should he win the presidential elections.

“(The rehabilitation) is already being done. There’s no need to…President (Rodrigo) Duterte is just completing it,” Bongbong told the media.

Once the government has finished rebuilding the ruined infrastructures, he added that he might consider building more buildings here to improve it.

Presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos is showered by loud cheers and “BBM” chants by thousands of supporters eager to see the pre-election frontrunner take the stage in UniTeam’s grand rally in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon on Thursday, 31 March.

Even if Marawi City is only a small town with around 79,000 registered voters, Bongbong said he campaigned here as every vote is important for him.

Governor Mamintal “Bombit” Adiong Jr. hosted Bongbong in his campaign rally at the Provincial Capitol in Marawi City.

Later that day, he flew to Bukidnon province and held another rally with Bukidnon governor Jose Ma. “Joe” Zubiri, father of Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri.

Prior to his rally, he held a motorcade with Senator Zubiri, Tingog party-list Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez, and Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa–who represented Sara in the rally.

“As long as I don’t have prior commitments like the Senate investigation on e-sabong, I will join their rallies,” Bato told the media.

“Where Inday Sara goes, I will go,” he added.

Even if President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to endorse a Palace hopeful, Bato stressed that his party PDP Laban has already decided, thus he is now officially supporting Bongbong as well.

“PDP Laban will not endorse someone without the blessing of its chairman (Duterte), but let us just be presumptive,” he said.