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LIPA CITY, Batangas — Thousands of supporters from all over the province showed their all-out support to the presidential and vice presidential tandem of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, respectively, during the Uniteam Grand Rally at the open lot in front of the LIMA Park Hotel here on Wednesday night.

The BBM-Sara Uniteam supporters of this vote-rich province, with over 1.8 million voters, arrived as early as noontime to wait for the arrival of the Uniteam ticket.

Duterte was, for a moment, speechless upon seeing the Batangueños support their political bid.

“Sa totoo lang galing akong Mindanao, galing akong Davao City. Pero damang-dama ko ang inyong pagmamahal dito sa amin sa Batangas. Maraming salamat sa pagmamahal ninyo,” Duterte told the crowd as they chanted “Panalo ka na!” and “Hindi kami bayad!”

Duterte vowed to focus on the re-opening of establishments and businesses with the vision of bringing back the jobs lost due to the pandemic.

“Dahil may gamot at bakuna na laban sa COVID-19, dapat po hindi na nilo-lockdown ang mga trabaho at negosyo. Kailangan tutukan nating lahat ang pera sa bulsa at pagkain sa lamesa ng bawat pamilyang Pilipino,” Duterte said.

Duterte 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.”

She also vowed 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.

Batangas Governor and re-electionist Hermilando ‘Dodo’ Mandanas, who had publicly expressed his support to the BBM-Sara Uniteam ticket, introduced Marcos to the Batangueños as someone who is “written by the stars” for the Filipinos.

“Siya lang ang nasabi na iginuhit ng tandhana. Siya lang ang namumuno sa isang tunay na pamamahala na nakita ang tunay na kailangan natin ngayon — ang pagkakaisa, pagtutulungan at hindi yung bangayan,” Mandanas said.

“Nasa kanya ang tunay na puso, damdamin, pagmamahal, kakayahan para sa ating bayan at para sa Pilipino,” the governor added.

In his message, Marcos delivered his message of unity, adding that his partnership with Mayor Sara is a great example of how to unite the country.

“Ang pag-partner namin ni Inday Sara ay napakagandang halimbawa at napakagandang simbolo dahil ako ay nanggaling sa Ilocos Norte at si Inday ay nanggaling sa Davao sa Mindanao. Kaming dalawa na nanggaling sa magkabilang dako ng Pilipinas ay nagsama. Sa palagay ko naman maganda at malakas ang pag-asa na mapagkakaisa namin ang sambayanang Pililino,” Marcos said.

 

“Dahil ‘yan po ang aming naging adhikain at mensahe sa aming pag-iikot at pagpunta namin sa ibat-ibang lugar dito sa Pilinas. At eto po ay dahil sa aking paniniwala na ang pagkakaisa ay ang unang hakbang para paunlarin ang buhay ng mga Pililino,” Marcos added.

UniTeam senatorial candidates Sherwin Gatchalian, Jinggoy Estrada, Robin Padilla, Gregorio Honasan, Gilbert Teodoro, Larry Gadon, and Herbert Bautista attended the grand rally. Senatorial bet Sal Panelo, although not officially part of the UniTeam slate, also attended the rally.

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