MANILA – Calls for Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte to join next year’s presidential race continued after a Mindanao-wide caravan was held by his supporters.
Starting in Cagayan de Oro City with 11 vehicles, the Duterte for President Movement’s convoy drove through the cities of Iligan and Ozamis already with 20 vehicles.
“Our convoy is becoming longer as we pass cities and towns… People are lining the streets chanting ‘Run Duterte, run,” spokesman Oming Maglangit said in a Philippine Star report.
After the caravan, the Davao City mayor’s supporters planned to hold a “Duterte for President” grand rally on Friday, August 28.
“We are expecting around 3,000 vehicles from all over the country to converge here in Davao City on the 28th,” village captain Mar Masanguid said.
Should Duterte finally decide to seek higher office in the coming national elections, PDP-Laban openly expressed their interest to have him as their standard-bearer.
Furthermore, there have already been rumors that Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. was his potential running mate. Marcos, for his part, admitted meeting with PDP-Laban regarding plans of an alliance in 2016.
A Duterte-Marcos tandem was seen as a strong bid in next year’s general elections with the mayor supported by Visayas and Minadanao and the senator backed by Northern Luzon.
With PDP-Laban’s support alone, however, Duterte could not secure a win, political party member and former senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel said.
“As a small party, PDP-Laban needs to form an alliance with another party because it cannot win the presidency all by itself,” Pimentel claimed, adding that the mayor needed to be backed by other parties.
Aside from the PDP-Laban, another political party, Kilusang Bagong Lipunan, also called for a Duterte-Marcos tandem in the coming elections.