Sunday, March 3, 2013

UNA's Political Rally in Cagayan de Oro City

First it was the administration’s Team Pinoy that held a political rally at the Pelaez Sports Center in Cagayan de Oro on February 26, 2013. Team UNA, a coalition of political parties that competes with the administration coalition for seats in the senate held its own rally in the city at Rodelsa Circle also called as “rotunda” on the evening of March 3, 2013.

Team UNA is led and sponsored by Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay, Former President Joseph Estrada and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. The former president and the vice president accompanied the team’s senatorial candidates in their sortie in Cagayan de Oro. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, one of the big three of the team was not able to attend the rally. The senatorial candidates who were there were J.V. Ejercito, Nancy Binay, Jackie Enrile, Juan Miguel Zubiri, Ernesto Maceda, Richard Gordon, Mitos Magsaysay and Ting Ting Cojuangco. Only senatorial candidate Gregorio Honasan was not in the group.

Rodelsa Circle or “rotunda” was filled with thousands of political supporters and spectators who were there to see their candidates in the flesh and to hear their platforms and programs. Those in attendance were composed mostly of the “D” and “E” social classes who are locally known as “masa” or the poor who constitutes the majority of the voters in the city. Although not a candidate, “Erap”Estrada received the warmest applause from the crowd which is an indication that he still possesses the popularity and charisma to win the city voters’ hearts and minds in favor of the opposition’s national and local candidates.

Local candidates of the city led by Mayor Vicente Emano also came in full support of the UNA coalition. The congressional candidates of the City’s first and second district, Benjo Benaldo and Ian Mark Nacaya as well as the candidates for councilors of the two districts also attended the rally. 

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