SAN PEDRO CITY, Laguna — Vice Presidential contender Senator Alan Peter Cayetano received a public apology on Friday evening from the Alliance for Duterte and Bongbong (ALDUB) prayer warriors and civil society as among the Duterte camp’s sponsors of the campaign rally at the San Pedro City’s La Marea subdivision here.
Bishop Jessie Ramos, national director of the Hope Church and leader of the prayer warriors and faith-based group apologized to Cayetano before a mammoth crowd that their “ALDUB” group’s vice presidential preference is Senator Bongbong Marcos.
For his part, presidential contender Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte acknowledged the ALDUB as his strong supporters and even raised Cayetano’s hand during the rally.
Bishop Ramos issued the statement to shun any pretense and appeased ALDUB supporters of the situation that Cayetano happened to be there.
He told Cayetano that he supported the political career of the legislator’s father then Senator Renato “Compañero” Cayetano in the past.
The religious leader also led the pray-over en masse for the Duterte team national bets and local aspirants and supporters after the campaign speeches.
Cayetano arrived Friday evening in San Pedro City, Laguna with presidential running mate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte from their tandem’s political sortie in Mindoro on Friday.
The senator thanked the crowd who waited for almost five hours and praised their excitement and clamor for reform and change.
He criticized the snail-paced internet services of telecommunications firms despite huge gross earnings amounting to Php 300 billion and estimated net income of Php 50 billion per year for calls and texts.
Cayetano also pointed to realities of government’s lack on health and medical facilities why people from Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Bulacan go to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Manila where it has complete medical facilities and expert doctors.
The senator proposed to prioritize the use of government funds to also address basic services such as health care, education and agriculture instead of focusing budget allocations for telecommunications due to politically-motivated monetary considerations.
Cayetano said his presidential running mate Duterte made it clear they would not accept any political campaign contributions from the wealthy businessmen who had businesses with government.
He said “in the government we have a choice of either serving the interest of the people or the interest of the few rich” because opting to serve the vested and business interest of the wealth few means abandoning the interest and general welfare of people.
Cayetano assured the Duterte camp would never give up on the Filipino people in their fight against corruption, criminality and illegal drugs.
The solon expounded that the exercise of political will requires a strong leadership to enjoin collective efforts even to the grassroots to enforce compliance and implementation of a policy and adherence to the rule of law.
He added that their campaign platform for reform and change includes the concerted plans of stakeholders and an “order of battle” to eradicate crime, illegal drugs and corruption for safe, secured and peaceful communities. PNA/northboundasia.com