Election day is here, but here's a look back on the miting de avance (MDA) of six major candidates gunning for the presidency in the 2022 elections.
Ka Leody de Guzman
The MDA of Ka Leody de Guzman and professor Walden Bello happened on May 3 in a covered court in Quezon Memorial Circle. It was attended in person by Roy Cabongero, Teddy Baguilat, Bong Labog, David D’Angelo and Luke Espiritu. Neri Colmenares and Leila de Lima sent a video message, while Risa Hontiveros’ daughter Izza to thank the crowd’s support.
Bello taunted the Duterte clan, saying “Duduraan natin ang mga Duterte (We will spit at the Dutertes).” With raised fists, the attendees ended the program shouting “Manggagawa naman (It’s time for the workers)!”
Based on Pulse Asia’s April survey, de Guzman has a voter confidence of 0.3 percent. There’s no official count of the MDA attendees.
Senators Ping Lacson and Tito Sotto decided to do their last sortie at Carmona town of the former’s home province, Cavite. In their simple MDA, Lacson called on the crowd to take part in a “silent revolution” on election day. Around 50,000 attended the event.
Lacson has consistently lagged behind the four other major candidates based on Pulse Asia’s surveys, with his April rating only at a mere 2 percent.
The camp of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. opted to hold their MDA in Solaire Resort & Casino Manila, Parañaque City. Like in every sortie the dictator’s son attended, he went on to repeat his platform of “unity.” Vice presidential bet Sara Duterte was also there and called on the crowd to vote straight for the Uniteam.
Marcos Jr.’s MDA was one of two MDAs that reached the 1 million attendee mark, the other being Vice President Leni Robredo’s. It ended in fireworks at 11:30 p.m.
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno held his MDA at home court Tondo, Manila. Moreno took the event as a chance to criticize fellow candidates, referencing “Forbes Park” and “lugaw” against Marcos Jr. and Robredo. His sortie was attended by 50,000 people.
Meanwhile, Senator Manny Pacquiao held his MDA at General Santos City Oval Plaza. While without a figure on attendance, this last sortie of his did relatively better than his past ones.
Unfortunately, his co-tandem Lito Atienza is not in attendance due to his knee injury.
His event was attended by family members, OFW Family Club representative Bobby Pacquiao, Sarangani governor candidate Ruel Pacquiao, 1-PACMAN representative Eric Pienda, as well as a few artists like members of the Gutierrez family (Ruffa, Richard, Eddie, Annabelle Rama) and Wilma Doesnt.
Vice President Leni Robredo’s MDA in the historic Makati Ave. cor. Ayala Ave. reached a million people. She was introduced by her three daughters after the speech of Kiko Pangilinan.
It was attended by a number of artists, such as Vice Ganda, Angel Locsin, Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, Sharon Cuneta, Juan Karlos, Jolina Magdangal, Gary and Gab Valenciano, Kim Chiu, Moira dela Torre, Anne Curtis, among many others. More importantly, it was attended by a diverse crowd of different sectors.
In attendance were senatorial candidates Monsour del Rosario, Bong Labog, Neri Colmenares, Teddy Baguilat, Chel Diokno, Risa Hontiveros, Alex Lacson, Sonny Matula, and Sonny Trillanes. Dick Gordon and Leila de Lima delivered a video message.
Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.
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