MANILA — A religious group and a youth organization have expressed support for the tandem of presidential and vice presidential candidates and Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in the forthcoming elections.
At the 41st anniversary of the Jesus Miracle Crusade held at the Amoranto Sports Complex in Quezon City, some 40,000 pastors and members backed the candidacy of Marcos.
Pastors led by assistant pastor Lina Almeda, wife of the group’s founder Wilde, performed the laying on of the hands on Marcos, similar to pray over.
Meanwhile, at the proclamation rally of the 10 senatorial candidates of the Santiago-Marcos team at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, the vice presidential bet said he is honored to be the running mate of Santiago, who he described in a jest as his Valentine’s Day date.
The rally coincided with the launching of the Youth for Miriam Movement.
In her speech, Santiago shared more pick up lines, which delighted the audience, composed mostly of young people.
Among her “hugot lines” were “Mapa ka ba? Kasi hindi ko makita ang tuwid na daan sa puso ko” and “posporo ka ba? Kasi posporo ako kaya match tayo.”
There are around 20 million youth voters nationwide or 37 percent of the over 55 million registered voters.
Among the senatorial bets who were present at the rally were Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, migrant workers advocate Susan Ople, Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, and former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Dionisio Santiago.
Former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino was represented by his sister Analyn; Carlos Petilla came for his father Jericho; and Rep. Sherwin Tugna spoke for Joel Villanueva, former Director General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
The Santiago-Marcos tandem recently completed the first leg of their campaign in the northern part of the country. It started in Batac, Ilocos Norte and ended in Dagupan City, Pangasinan. PNA/northboundasia.com