LAKAS-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) vice presidential aspirant and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on Monday invited supporters to watch ‘Mahalin Natin ang Pilipinas Ride (MNPR)’ online show that will kick off this Tuesday.
“This is a national caravan na magsisimula na bukas (Martes) ang byahe natin mula dito sa Davao City paakyat ng Ilocos Norte at babalik ulit sa Davao City,” Duterte announced on her ‘Sara All For You’ show.
Duterte said the MNPR caravan was conceptualized amid the challenges brought by the imposition of different travel and social gathering restrictions against the spread of coronavirus disease-COVID-19.
“Ginawa po natin ito dahil hirap kami ngayon sa pakikipag-usap sa mga tao dahil sa mga alert levels na ini-imposed ng national government at sa mga rising covid cases sa iba’t-ibang lugar ng ating bansa,” Duterte said.
The online program featuring the one-month ride, which is part of the Philippine loop of her on-the-road campaign for the May 2022 elections, will be aired on Mayor Inday Sara Duterte Facebook page and Sara Duterte YouTube channel at 7 p.m. on weekdays.
The three to five-hour daily ride will feature tourist landmarks, short meet ups with local supporters, and distribution of Philippine flags to remind Filipinos that the country needs unity to advance positive change and sustainable development.
“Meron tayong i-deliver sa kanila na Philippine flags kas nga ‘yung campaign natin is ‘Sama-sama tayong babangon muli’ at ‘Mahalin natin ang Pilipinas,’” Duterte said.
Duterte earlier said the program aims to foster nationalism among Filipinos and communities by bringing to the road the “Mahalin Natin ang Pilipinas” campaign.
Ride director John Jagonia said joining Mayor Sara in the caravan are UniTeam senatorial candidates, other support groups, and other riders from different organizations.
“The main group is composed of Mayor Sara’s security and team. There are other parties llike the ‘Ituloy ang Pagbabago Movement (IPM)’ of Gov. Claude Bautista and riders from different clubs. The senatoriables will do the loop all the way,” Jagonia said.
Dr. Lea Gomez will also be part of the loop as representative of The Litas Davao – an international network of female riders who advocate road safety and tourism in Mindanao.
The bike-ride campaign will start in the eastern side of Mindanao to Cagayan Valley and will head back to Davao after taking the west-side route from Ilocos Norte.