Presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos and running mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio campaigned in vote-rich Laguna province for the third time on Thursday.
It was Sara’s fourth time visiting the province. Last month, Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez invited the President’s daughter to the Provincial Capitol for her to receive the plaque recognizing her as an “adopted daughter” of Laguna.
Prior to holding a grand rally in Biñan town, Sara attended a caucus with community leaders in San Pedro, Laguna. She was hosted by mayoral candidate Art Mercado, the town’s incumbent vice mayor.
In an ambush interview, Sara explained why she had to return to Laguna, saying that Calabarzon, where Laguna is part of, is one of the regions she believes she is at a disadvantage.
“I need to campaign in Calabarzon, Central Luzon, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, and Eastern Visayas to get more votes,” she told reporters in Filipino.
Despite her consistent lead in pre-election surveys, Sara reiterated that she is still unconfident about her victory in the 9 May elections.
“We are not confident about winning now. We are always running scared even if were only 17 days away from the Election Day,” Sara said.
“We are worried about the Election day and we always call on everyone to support an honest, orderly and peaceful election for our country,” she added.
Meanwhile, during her speech, Sara vowed to focus on the re-opening of establishments and businesses with the vision of bringing back the jobs lost due to the pandemic.
She also pushed for her vision of strengthening the education system in the country which should be of “global standards” as it is the “steward for a brighter future for the young generation.”
Sara promised to continue the plans and projects of her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, concerning the battle against criminality and the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program which generated over 6.5 million jobs around the country.
For his part, Bongbong delivered his message of unity, adding that his partnership with Sara is a great example of how to unite the country.
“Even if I came from Ilocos Norte and Inday Sara came from Davao, the two of us who came from the farthest parts of the Philippines came together. We are hopeful that we can unite the Filipino people,” Bongbong said.
“Because that was our goal and message as we travel to different places here in the Philippines. And this is because I believe that unity is the first step to improve the lives of Filipinos,” he added.
Laguna is the fourth most vote-rich province in the country with at least two million registered voters.