Duterte’s proclamation rally in Tondo; nat’l campaign HQ in Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 February) – Tondo in Manila, the symbol of urban poverty in the country, will be the venue for the first salvo of the lone Mindanawon Presidential candidate, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, when the official campaign period begins on Tuesday, February 9, but his national campaign headquarters will be in Davao City.

It is the first time in the country’s history that a Mindanawon candidate for the Presidency is considered a major contender, according to surveys, and the first time that a national campaign headquarters of a Presidential candidate is based in Mindanao.

NATIONAL HQ. A commercial building along Diversion road in Ma-a, Davao City has been converted into the national headquarters of Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign team. MindaNews photo by TOTO LOZANO
NATIONAL HQ. A commercial building along Diversion road in Ma-a, Davao City has been converted into the national headquarters of Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign team. MindaNews photo by TOTO LOZANO

The headquarters of the Duterte Campaign Team 2016, located prominently along the diversion road in Ma-a, is gearing up for the 90-day election campaign from February 9 to May 7.

Richard Anio II, member of the core group of Run Rodrigo Duterte (RDR) for Mindanao, told MindaNews that they accommodate members of Duterte-Cayetano volunteers from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao who are holding a series of meetings for the PDP-Laban presidential and vice-presidential bets.

The national headquarters is housed at the building of San-Ei Group, owned by businessman Nestor Ma. It has 10 rooms, two major lobbies for Luzon/Visayas and Mindanao, and two smaller lobbies. A parking space has also been provided within the compound a 2,000 square meter lot across the highway has been converted into a parking lot.

06duterte2 MEDIA BRIEFING. The media briefing room at at the national headquarters of Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte's campaign team, located at Diversion road, Ma-a, Davao City. MindaNews photo by TOTO LOZANO
MEDIA BRIEFING. The media briefing room at at the national headquarters of Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign team, located at Diversion road, Ma-a, Davao City. MindaNews photo by TOTO LOZANO

The headquarters has a session hall, an office for the sortie management team, a shared room for the Mindanao Island Committee and Region 11/Davao City Coordination Team, two discussion rooms for the security/media team and IT and legal team, a room for the campaign manager and national secretariat, media briefing room, board room, and two other rooms.

Travelers along the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway, more popularly known as Diversion Road, can’t miss the huge tarpaulin on the building’s façade that says “National Headquarters, Duterte Campaign Team 2016.”

Anio said that the team decided to set up the national headquarters in Mindanao because most of the leaders behind the campaign team are from here and the candidate himself, Duterte, is a Dabawenyo and Mindanawon.

The headquarters is expected to be a beehive of activity when the campaign period begins.

February 9 rallies

Anio added that they are working double time in finalizing details for the national proclamation of Duterte and running mate Senator Alan Peter Cayetano in Tondo, Manila and simultaneous regional rallies in Davao City and other key areas in Mindanao on February 9.

Leoncio Evasco, Jr. Duterte’s campaign manager, said the choice of Tondo is “to dramatize the plight of the urban poor,” most of whom came from Mindanao and the Visayas.

“Tondo has the biggest concentration of urban poor enclaves in our country,” Evasco said, adding that about 80% of its population are from Mindanao and Visayas whom went to Manila “for want of economic opportunities in the provinces” and government’s neglect.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, standard bearer of the United Nationalist Alliance and his running mate Gregorio Honasan, will have their proclamation rally at 8 a.m. at the government-funded socialized housing project, Welfareville Compound, in Mandaluyong City; the Liberal Party’s Mar Roxas and running mate Leni Robredo will be in Roxas’ hometown, Roxas City in Capiz at 10 a.m.; Senators Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. and his running mate, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago at the Mariano Marcos State University in the Marcos hometown in Batac, Ilocos Norte at 11:30 a.m.; Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero at Plaza Miranda at 4 p.m. and Duterte and Cayetano will be in Tondo at 7 p.m.

Anio said they are “organizing activities and events anchored on the national event. We will come with an event that will shake up Davao City,” he said.

A volunteer paints signs at the 2,000-square meter parking space across Duterte's national campaign headquarters along Diversion road, Ma-a, Davao City in this photo taken on February 5, 2016. MindaNews photo by TOTO LOZANO
A volunteer paints signs at the 2,000-square meter parking space across Duterte’s national campaign headquarters along Diversion road, Ma-a, Davao City in this photo taken on February 5, 2016. MindaNews photo by TOTO LOZANO

He added that Duterte-Cayetano campaign slogan, “Tunay na Pagbabago” (Genuine Change) would encourage the people to vote on the “D-day” (decision day).

Anio pointed to Duterte’s strength in social media and how they would want to translate that into votes on the ground.

“We are expecting 80 to 90 percent support from Mindanao,” he said.

Everything is set

Rocky Balili, a political leader and member of RRD and Duterte Diehard Supporter (DDS)-Davao Region, added they are holding rallies in different areas such as Davao City, Mati City in Davao Oriental, Mabini and Pantukan in Compostela Valley, Tagum and Panabo Cities in Compostela Valley, Sta. Cruz and Digos City in Davao del Sur, and Malita in Davao Occidental.

“Everything is set. We are just waiting for the time,” said Balili, who chaired the League of Filipino Students in the city in the dying days of the Marcos dictatorship in the 1980s.

In Davao City, a rally will be held at the Freedom Park along Roxas Avenue, this city, simultaneous with the national proclamation in Tondo, Balili said.

He added that they are expecting a minimum crowd of 5,000 who would join the rally at their will. He said they do not want to bring supporters from the barangays as this would incur costs. Duterte’s supporters will, on their own, be there, he said.

“We want to create a bandwagon effect,” he added.

In a statement, Peter Laviña, former city councilor and now head of the media group of Duterte, said they are ready for the campaign. “We trust in the capacity, creativity and support of the Filipino people clamoring for genuine change. We are hopeful our voters will give their mandate to Duterte and Cayetano,” he said.

The 1st Division of the Commission Elections on Wednesday junked the cases for disqualification filed against Duterte for lack of merit by John Paulo delas Nievas, a student council chair of the University of the Philippines, broadcast journalis Ruben Castor, Elly Pamatong, and Rizalito David.

The 70-year old Duterte was elected mayor in 1988. He served as mayor until 1998, and again for three terms from 2001 to 2010. He served as 1st district Representative from 1998 to 2001 and vice mayor to daughter Sara from 2010 to 2013. He was elected mayor again in 2013, and by June 30, 2016 shall have completed 22 years as mayor of Davao City. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)

 

  • Avery_23

    No to TheDirty. Walang mangyayari diyan, magiling lang yan magloko.

    • uri

      Karapatan mo yan walang makakapigil sa iyo kung ayaw mo.kay duterte mag-isa ka lang but majority of filipino wants change. We want Duterte to be the next president of the republic.

    • Jubilah

      Ikaw Avery kung sinasabi mong huwag sumoporta kay Mayor Digong, ikaw ang naliligaw at naloloko ng iba. Kasi siya lang ang makapagbibigay ng tunay na Malasakit at tunay na Pagbabago para sa ating bansa. Kaya halika na at samasama tayong lahat na mag volunteer para isulong ang kanyang mga plataporma para sa ikabubuti ng ating bansa ngayon at sa susunod pang mga generasyon.

    • Romel B Villanueva

      PARE ANG AYAW KAY DUTERTE AY MAARING DRUG LORD, OR ADIK,, CORRUPT POLITICIAN, RAPIST, HOLDUPPER, KIDNAPPER, O MAGNANAKAW!, ALIN KA SA MGA YAN PARE?

      • Avery_23

        Ganoon ba? So 80% of the Filipino population ay criminal pala at papatayin kami? Baka yung mga pinatay niyqa inacusahan lang na drug lord dahil ayaw kay TheDirty!

        • Gaudz Pacot

          adik yan. kay roxas boboto yan…

    • jack li

      Bakit Avery_23 naloko k n b ni duterte….Iyang pagiging judgemental mo, isa iyan sa masamang pag uugali ng tao!

  • Einstein in Nidora’s Diary

    “Tondo has the biggest concentration of urban poor enclaves in our country,” Evasco said, adding that about 80% of its population are from Mindanao and Visayas whom went to Manila “for want of economic opportunities in the provinces” and government’s neglect.

  • eddieaddun

    Now Allan Cayetano maybe confused or is having second thought why he joined forces with Dudirty due to his recent pronouncement of pro Binay if disqualified and likewise he will set free another plunderer in the person of GMA if he wins the presidency.So their program of anti corruption is a sham in reality they are for plunderers.

    • Romel B Villanueva

      kung matalino kang tao pare, kkampi mo at nagtiwala sayo illaglag mo?, maksarili ka!, dahil si DUTERTE inihalintulad lang si MARIMAR kay BINAY, IBIG SABIHIN MAS MASAHOL PA SI MARIMAR KAY BINAY?, PABBILISIN NGA ANG KASO NI GMA E KUNG TALAGANG MAY KASALANAN E DI IKULONG GANON LANG KASIMPLI,

      • eddieaddun

        Dudirty acts as if he is not an educated man imagine he cursed the pope.If has done this to our brothers Muslim there will be a worldwide condemnation or maybe his life will be in danger.He is not suited for presidency only for local elective position.Imagine if he will be elected Filipino expatriates will be a again a laughing stock electing a president who behaves like a goon.

    • Romel B Villanueva

      PARE DI PA BA SAPAT SAYO ANG NAGAWA NI DUTERTE SA DAVAO?, ANO PANG PAGPAPATUNAY ANG KAILANGAN MONG MALAMAN?, BUONG MONDO HUMANGA SA PAGASENSO NG DAVAO AT NAGING 9TH SAFEST CITY SA MUNDO ANG DAVAO?,

    • jack li

      Well vote somebody other than duterte, cayetano. It seems like you are no better than those corrupt politicians that is why u r afraid of duterte to president. Here what u can do Eddie take pills that will clear ur mind! U sound like u have very poor judgment and very poor perception!

  • Ramsha Almain

    Silang mga nakapalibot sa lugar kung saan may isang grupo ng tao na nagmamayari ng maraming lupa ang isa sa mga kasama sa paghanap ng tunay na pagbabago. #VoteDuterteCayetano

  • Bethanie Aguillo

    Tapang at malasakit at tunay na pagbabago masasaksihan ng taga tundo at ng buong pilipinas! iyan ang tandem na totoo at hangarin na disiplinang may malasakit… kung kaya, punta tayo sa tundo para sumuporta kay mayor digong at senator alan! #VOTEDUTERTECAYETANO

  • Marcia Arbis

    MGA KAPATID NA SUMUSUPORTA SA DUTERTECAYETANO MAGING MAPAGMASID PO TAYO KUNG MAY NARIRINIG PO TAYONG BALITA NG PANDARAYA, IPAALAM NATIN SA MAKAKATULING SA ATIN. KAPIT LANG MALAPIT NA! #VOTEDUTERTECAYETANO

  • Lavinia Arizo

    Dito na magsisimula ang Tunay na Pagbabago samasama natin simulan at ipalaganap at suportahan ang Tambalang DuCay.. #votedutertecayetano

  • Jeannie Arbon

    Ito na talaga ang may tunay na malasakit sa mamamayan inumpisahan sa mga mahihirap, pinakingan ang mga hinain at problema ng bawat pilipino.. #VoteDuterteCayetano..

  • Jessica Jemima

    Ang daming taga dabaw at ang dami ng bisaya sa tondo. ang daming mga taga probinsya dito sa tundo na pumunta dito naghahanap ng mas masaganang buhay. tama lang na dito ilunsad ng tandem na duterte at cayetano ang pangangampanya nila dito! #VoteDuterteCayetano

  • Mae Yello Bautista

    Mabuhay ang Duterte Cayetano! Simulan na ang tunay na pag babago para sa 2016! #VOTEDUTERTECAYETANO

  • Zeus Jay Fabios

    Hands on talga sila kahit hindi pa eleksyon sa kanilang nasasakupan kaya naiintindihan nila ang masa! #votedutertecayetano

  • Yeshhaa Delos Santos

    Bawat boto ay mahalaga para makamit ang PAG BABAGONG TUNAY. #VoteDuterteCayetano

  • Erica Arrieta

    Gusto ko ito maging Lider ng ating bansa may political will, hindi magnanakaw at may kapabilidad na baguhan ang ating bansa!! #VOTEDUTERTECAYETANO

  • Penelope Joi Busante

    Tapusin na ang taon na nakikipag sapalaran sa kahirapan! No crimes, no drugs, no corrupt and more business para trabaho mapadami! #VOTEDUTERTECAYETANO

  • Wendalyn Cabuena

    Surely will make this Philippines a safer country to live. #votedutertecayetano

  • jack li

    Manhid na ang bong Pilipinas sa pag nanakaw, crimen, raping, at marami pang iba…Ito na ang pagkakataon ng bansang Pilipinas na umayos. Vote ROD/PET TEAM!!! VOTO NG NUEVA ECIJA KAY DUTERTE, CAYETANO…..VIVA DUTERTE, VIVA CAYETANO! !!!!!

  • jack li

    Manhid na ang bong Pilipinas sa pag nanakaw, crimen, raping, at marami pang iba…Ito na ang pagkakataon ng bansang Pilipinas na umayos. Vote ROD/PET TEAM!!! VOTO NG NUEVA ECIJA KAY DUTERTE, CAYETANO…..VIVA DUTERTE, VIVA CAYETANO! !!!!!