Tandag City — Surigao Del Sur Gov. Alexander Pimentel, along with almost all municipal mayors of the province, have rallied behind calls for Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio to run for president in next year's elections.
Pimentel said different volunteer groups in the country's southern region initiated a Mindanao-wide caravan that ran from April 12 to 17 to encourage support for Duterte-Carpio.
The caravan kicked off in Davao del Norte with 20 vehicles before proceeding to Surigao del Sur.
Pimentel said they were warmly cheered by people in the cities and towns along the caravan route.
Some municipalities and provinces, he said, have prepared short programs to welcome the caravan and its leaders, including officials of Dagan Day Sara (DDS), Sara Duterte Support Group (SDSG), MOVERS for Inday Sara Duterte, and Inday Sara Initiative for President (ISIP).
Pimentel said he and his friends are determined to convince the Davao City mayor to run for the highest position to continue the legacy started by her father, President Rodrigo Duterte.
From Surigao del Sur, the caravan proceeded to Butuan City, then on to Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City.