THE CITY OF DAVAO – Mayor Sara Z. Duterte expressed on social media on Wednesday her gratitude to her supporters for the success of their “Mahalin Natin ang Pilipinas Ride” (MNPR) campaign caravan which kicked off here on Tuesday.
On her Facebook page, Duterte showed off the various items she collected from her supporters saying she would keep them as a souvenir of the MNPR first leg.
“We have many friends along the street who have welcomed us with their banners and flowers. I asked them if I could keep it as a souvenir of the first day of the MNPR,” she said.
Earlier Tuesday morning (February 1), during the MNPR’s sending off ceremony, Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, leader of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, prayed for the safety of all who joined the caravan.
Present at the farewell were senatorial candidates Jinggoy Estrada and Harry Roque, both on motorbikes with Sara.
The first stop was at Tagum City in Davao del Norte, where Duterte led the inauguration of the provincial headquarters of the Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.-Sara Duterte Alliance (MASADA).
Duterte, in his short message, thanked the supporters of the BBM-Sara tandem and called on them to unite to campaign for the unity of the country.
She was greeted by local supporters and provincial government leaders led by Davao de Oro Governor Tyron Uy, Vice Governor Maricar Zamora, First District Representative Manuel ‘WayKurat’ Zamora and other members of the provincial slate Hugpong ng Pagbabago.
Thousands of people lined the highway from that city to Bislig City awaiting the arrival of Duterte and his team. After nine hours of travel here, the group arrived at Bislig City in Surigao del Sur.
In the town of Bislig, Duterte honored the opening of the provincial headquarters of LAKAS-CMD with the party’s general secretary, Prospero Pichay, and his wife, the mayor of Cantilan, Carla Pichay.
Sara also met Surigao del Sur Governor Alexander Pimentel and Representative Johnny Pimentel at a separate event in Bislig City. From Bislig, Sara’s team will travel to Surigao City on Wednesday morning.
The MNPR caravan was conceptualized amid the challenges posed by the imposition of different travel and social gathering restrictions against the spread of Covid-19.
The daily three to five hour drive will include sightseeing, short meet and greets with local supporters and the distribution of Filipino flags to remind Filipinos that the country needs unity to advance positive change and sustainable development.
The caravan will depart from the east side of Mindanao to the Cagayan Valley and return to Davao after taking the west side route from Ilocos Norte. (NAP)