Sara Lakas-CMD Vice Presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte with Senatorial candidate Win Gatchalian and Pasig Rep. Roman Romulo taste the Charing’s Original Halo-Halo Special during her market tour at Pasig City Mega Market. Photo by Ver Noveno

Sara gets warm welcome, admirers in Pasig City

March 26, 2022 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 290 views

LAKAS-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) vice presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on Saturday barnstormed Pasig City and thanked Mayor Vico Sotto and Rep. Roman Romulo for welcoming her campaign team.

In the course of a visit to the Pasig City Mega Market, Duterte indulged a girl with a selfie.

Duterte had a “meet-and-greet” with officers of the city’s Parents-Teachers Associations (PTA) and Tricycle Operators and Drivers Associations (TODA).

She chatted with stallholders and vendors at the public market and ate the favorite Pinoy summer snack “halo-halo” at Charing’s Halo-Halo special.

Duterte expressed gratitude to Sotto whose uncle is also running for vice president, Romulo, and other local officials for welcoming her in their city and assisting her in her visit.

“Nagpapasalamat po kami sa office at kay Congressman Roman Romulo, thank you po. Sa ating City Administrator Atty. Jeron (Jeronimo) Manzanero, sa atin pong City Mayor Vico Sotto, sa ating Pasig Market Administrator Joey Molina, sa atin pong market President Tita Carla, sa TODA ng Pasig, PTA, at kay former Councilor Shalani Soledad (Romulo’s wife),” Duterte said who campaigned in Pasig City with UniTeam senatorial candidate Win Gatchalian.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa kanilang lahat dahil tinulungan nila kami ngayong umaga [Saturday, March 26, 2022] na makasama kayo at makagawa tayo ng munting pagsasama-sama ngayon dito sa Pasig,” Duterte said.

She also thanked all those who greeted her and those she met with.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa inyong lahat sa oras at oportunidad na ibinigay ninyo sa amin ngayong umaga na ito na makasama kayo, na makikala kayo, at makapagbigay rin mensahe sa inyong lahat,” Duterte said.

While eating halo-halo at Charing’s at the public market, a girl came up to her teary-eyed to request a “selfie”, telling the mayor she is her idol.

Duterte offered her halo-halo but the girl said all she wanted was a photograph with her.

The vice presidential aspirant gladly granted her fan’s request.

In the afternoon of Saturday, Duterte was scheduled to hold a mini-rally and a meeting with Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officers at the barangay gymnasium in Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City.

Duterte and her standard-bearer, former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (BBM), are scoring high voter preference ratings in Metro Manila as well as the rest of the country.

In Pulse Asia’s February survey, BBM had 66% in the National Capital Region (NCR), 58% in Balance of Luzon, 53% in the Visayas, and 68% in Mindanao.

Duterte scored 48% in NCR, 41% in Balance of Luzon, 51% in the Visayas, and a remarkable 82% in Mindanao, the Dutertes’ bailiwick.

Overall, BBM was preferred by 60%, while Mayor Sara was picked by 53%.

Their voter preference numbers prompted House Majority Leader and Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) President Martin G. Romualdez to predict that the UniTeam candidates were headed for a landslide victory.

Based on these numbers, Marcos and Duterte would be the first presidential and vice presidential aspirants in the country’s recent history who could win by a majority vote, instead of a mere plurality according to Romualdez, campaign manager of Duterte, said.