LUBAO, Pampanga – Lakas Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) vice presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte traveled here this Monday late afternoon to greet former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo a happy birthday during a campaign rally.
The former Chief Executive turned 75 this Tuesday.
She is virtually assured of a congressional comeback as representative of Pampanga’s second district since she has no opponent.
Pampanga Gov. Dennis “Delta” Pineda and Vice Gov. Lilia “Nanay Baby” Pineda also joined the event.
They also had a meet-and-greet with local officials in Pampanga’s 3rd District led by Rep. Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales Jr.
Duterte wished Mrs. Arroyo a long, happy, more productive and fulfilling life.
“We wish her Arroyo good health, of course lagi iyan and we wish her happiness and we wish her heart’s desire for the next 2, 3, 4, 50 years more,” Duterte said as she sang a birthday song for Arroyo together with Pampanga 2nd District Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo.
A bouquet of flowers and cake were given to Arroyo who described Monday’s event as her “birthday rally” beside the municipal hall of Lubao.
Through UniTeam senatorial candidate Jinggoy Estrada, former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada greeted Arroyo a happy birthday over the phone.
“Happy, happy birthday Madam President,” Erap Estrada said.
“Maraming salamat Mr. President,” Mrs. Arroyo responded. “Same to you Erap on April 19.”
Erap Estrada urged Mrs. Arroyo to run again and volunteered himself to be her campaign manager.
“More power to you Madam President, sana po tumakbo kayo uli at ako ang magpi-prisentang campaign manager n’yo. I hope you run again, we need you, we need you, more power to you Madam President,” Erap Estrada said.
“More power to you Mr. President,” Arroyo replied.
Mrs. Arroyo said she was happy that Duterte attended her “birthday rally.”
“Birthday rally, pero ako ay nasisiyahan na ang ating panauhing pandangal ay walang iba kundi si Inday Sara Duterte, ang susunod nating bise presidente ng Republika ng Pilipinas,” Mrs. Arroyo said.
The event was also attended by senatorial candidates Herbert Bautista, Gringo Honasan, Rodante Marcoleta, Mark Villar, Win Gatchalian, Gibo Teodoro, Larry Gadon, Loren Legarda, Robin Padilla and Sal Panelo.
Audrey Zubiri represented her husband, reelectionist Sen. Migz Zubiri in the campaign rally.