Presidential Campaign: Week 5 Recap

SIX PARIS PRESIDENTIAL (left to right, top): Vice President Leni Robredo, former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Sr., labor leader Leody de Guzman, Mayor of Manila Isko Moreno, Senator Panfilo Lacson and Senator Manny Pacquiao. (FILE PHOTOS)

Leodye de Guzman #2

■ March 6 – Statement released on its youth agenda, including establishment of the Universal Students Magna Carta

■ March 7 – No public activity

■ March 8 – Participated in the International Women’s Day program led by the Oriang Women’s Movement at Quezon City Hall; – Recorded interview for PCCO Paliwanag town hall meeting, another with Dutch blogger Sass Rogando Sasot

– Lack of transparency attacked in the appointment of the new president and commissioners of Comelec, describes the appointment of the new presidents of the COA and the SCC as “midnight appointments”

■ March 9 – Interview recorded for the TV show “Kandidatalks”, speech on the economic platform

■ March 10 – Appeared at the Pandesal Forum in Quezon City; interviewed online as part of the “EKONomustahan” program of the NGO Ekonsepto- Recorded interview with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa

■ March 11 – Launch of outings from Mindanao to the towns of Ozamis City and Misamis Occidental.

■ March 12 – Still in Misamis Occidental, meeting with fishermen in Tangub City, a women’s group in Tudela, LGBTQIA people in Sinacaban, coconut farmers in Clarin, elderly people in Oroquieta City

– Meeting with the NGO Ozamis Gitib; guest at an online forum organized by Jose Rizal University in Mandaluyong CityKey message: “Caravans or motorcades are wasteful and are more about creating a train effect for wealthy applicants. They do not raise the level of the election-related speech. I agree that these activities should be banned. (March 8 statement) —Jerome Aning

Isko Moreno Domagoso #3

■ March 7 – Return to Manila City Hall for International Women’s Day; inspected the city’s food subsidy program at the San Andres Sports Complex – His Aksyon Demokratiko party, through President Ernest Ramel, wrote a letter urging the Bureau of Internal Revenue to renew its request to Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and other Marcos heirs to settle some 200 billion pesos in tax liabilities.

■ March 8 – Tarlac of “Aquino Country” stormed by Barnstorm; warmly received by Governor Susan Yap, but no approval.

■ March 9 – Was interviewed by Maria Ressa, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and CEO of Rappler

– In the city of San Juan, supporters of President Duterte launched a movement supporting Domagoso’s unofficial association with Sara Duterte; Aksyon disavowed the event but praised the support for Domagoso.

■ March 10 – Organized outings in Nueva Ecija, where his supporters launched “Iskosina” and distributed bowls of “lugaw” (rice porridge) to people.

■ March 11 – Continuation of stump removal in Nueva Ecija; criticized Vice President Leni Robredo’s use of the term “laylayan” (fringes) to refer to the poor, and mocked Marcos who was allegedly inspired by Marvel character Ant-Man, a thief-turned-super- heroes.Key message: “The reason you call us ‘outsiders’ is that you despise us…which means you consider yourself to be above us. (March 11 press conference) —DJ YAP

Ping Lacson #5

■ March 9 – Campaigned in the city of Pasig where the mayor, Vico Sotto, is a nephew of running mate, Senator Tito Sotto

– After a courtesy visit to the local authorities, took a ferry ride on the Pasig River, then went to the city’s mega market for a public meeting; pledged to ‘recalibrate the national budget’ to increase the base salary of government-employed nurses and teachers

■ March 10 – In the city of Parañaque, courtesy visit paid to Mayor Edwin Olivarez; met with other local leaders, including Vice Mayor of Parañaque Jose Enrico Golez and Councilor Vandolph Quizon

– Held a public meeting with various sectors of Barangay Baclaran Central Elementary School

■ March 11 – Stump removal begins in Zambales, meeting with officials from the city of Castillejos led by Mayor Eleanor Dominguez and public meeting with barangay officers, tricycle drivers and Muslim vendors

– City tour of Olongapo, meeting with local officials led by Mayor Rolen Paulino Jr., as well as Aeta chiefs

■ March 12 – Barnstormed Pampanga, pressed flesh at Porac Public Market before meeting meat industry workers and vendors, tricycle operators and drivers, and Muslim and Aeta communities

– Had a dialogue with local officials and sector representatives in Pulung Cacutud, Angeles City.

Key message: “If we have to choose someone to lead our country on May 9, (our choice) must not be involved in corruption or surrounded by corrupt people… Because if [a candidate] is associated with the crook, he will also become a crook in the long run. (Speech March 9 in Pasig) —Melvin Gascon

Bang Marcos #7

■ March 8 – Three rallies held—Meycauayan, Sta. Maria, Bocaue—to Bulacan, rich in voice; members of the crowd said they lost phones and wallets to the theft

– Courtesy visit to Jesus Christ The Deliverer Church in Guiguinto, where Bishop Ted Malangen called Marcos “the next president”, etc.

■ March 9 – Return to the “Solid North” for strain in Kalinga and Abra; received support from Abra representatives Maria Jocelyn Bernos and Joseph Bernos

– TV/online host Boy Abunda aired an interview with Marcos’ wife Liza and son Vinny; she reveals that Marcos decided to run while they were watching “Ant-Man”, the Marvel movie about a thief turned superhero.

■ March 10 – No timetable released, but the team released a statement praising the support of Bishops Malangen and Leopoldo Jaucian of the Diocese of Bangued; a few days earlier, the camp had asked the Catholic clergy to stop “meddling” in politics.

■ March 11 – Rally at Sta. Cruz, Laguna, capital, where Governor Ramil Hernandez introduced him as “president”

– Went around Biñan before the rally in Sta. Rose; joined by Mayor Arlene Arcillas.

■ March 12 – Large rally in Parañaque canceled due to heavy rain.

Key message: “The system has been allowed to deteriorate to such an extent that we have to import rice… staples and [even] galunggong. I think that describes the terrible state we have let our agriculture get into. (Interview from March 8 on dzRJ) —Leila Salaverria

Manny Pacquiao #9

■ March 6 – Motorized processions organized in the towns of Navotas and Malabon

■ March 7 – No public activity planned, but release of statement criticizing the Department of Energy for its alleged lack of foresight to avert fuel crisis amid soaring prices

■ March 8 – In Pampanga, had a dialogue with Aetas in the town of Porac regarding concerns over their ancestral land, agriculture and education- Dialogue with farmers, tricycle drivers in Candaba- Courtesy visits to local authorities in Porac, San Fernando, Candaba in Pampanga, and in neighboring Tarlac

■ March 9 – Motorcade in Tarlac City; courtesy visits to local authorities – Participation in a popular assembly in Concepcion, Tarlac, and in a gathering of religious pastors in Mabalacat, Pampanga

■ March 10 – Meeting with officials of his Promdi party, as well as local supporters and candidates in Cebu

■ March 11 – Scheduled activities canceled in Cavite

– Barangay Liga Honored Assembly at SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City

■ March 12 – Motorized processions organized in Bacoor, Imus and Dasmarinas, Cavite; dialogue with agro-industrialists engaged in oyster farming in Bacoor- Honored a religious assembly; day crowned by a dinner with supporters in Cavite – Pledged to allocate 400 billion pesos a year for free housing for the poor; reiterated that he will not withdraw from the presidential race

Key Message: “I want to post a statement here regarding the reports that I am disclaiming. It’s not true. Manny Pacquiao’s fight will continue. Whoever spreads the rumor that I’m backing down, maybe it’s you who want to back down. Not me.” (press conference of March 12 in Cavite) —Julie Aurelio

Leni Robredo #10

■ March 7 – Zoom meeting with the Philippine Shipowners Association.

– Signing of a pact with women’s groups at the Leni-Kiko volunteer center in Quezon City.

■ March 8 – Opening of the campaign in the Caraga region with the rally in the town of Bislig

– Mass celebrated by the Diocese of Tandag at the new San Nicolas de Tolentino Cathedral in the city of Tandag; unveiled two provincial government projects in Surigao City

– Gathering on the grounds of the Hotel Tavern with 5,000 supporters; met the bishop of Surigao Antonieto Cabajog

■ March 9 – Trip canceled to an island fishing barangay, one of the beneficiaries of its Angat Buhay livelihood program, in Surigao city due to heavy rains. – Meeting with Mayor Kirk Asis and local leaders at the Bayugan City Hall; gathering at Agusan del Sur College – Volunteers visited in the town of Cabadbaran; meeting with Butuan Bishop Cosme Damian Almedilla

– Sectoral dialogue at the Father Saturnino Urios University of Butuan; large gathering at Guingona Park, with an estimated crowd of 10,000

■ March 10 – Meeting with the women mayors of Romblon at Tugdan Elementary School, town of Alcantara

– Dialogue with the fishermen of Looc, Romblon; stop at San Lorenzo Ruiz Seminary in Odiongan, followed by a rally

■ March 11 – In Negros Occidental, with stops in five cities and two towns

– Completed Negros outing with Bacolod City Grand Gathering attracting 70,000 people.

■ March 12 – To Isabela and CagayanKey message: “This is not just a campaign for candidates [but] for our dreams, for those we love. (Speech from March 11 rally in Bacolod) —Marlon Ramos

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