MALOLOS CITY—There’s no stopping the snowballing of support for presidential candidate Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, an indication that his victory in the province is imminent.
In the latest unreleased but official survey result from Pulse Asia, Duterte had registered a five-point lead over Grace Poe and by a whopping 10 points over Vice President Jejomar Binay. Duterte had an 11 points lead over Liberal Party and administration bet Mar Roxas.
The Diehard Duterte Supporters (DDS Bulacan-Malolos Volunteers) have finalized all preparation for the biggest political rally of the Duterte-Cayetano team slated on April 13 at the 7,500–capacity Malolos Sports & Convention Center.
The venue, located along McArthur Hi-way, Bulihan, Malolos City, is less than a kilometer away from the Bulacan State University and the Provincial Capitol.
Among other senatorial candidates, Martin Romualdez will speak before an expected full-capacity crowd to address the Bulakenyo die-hard supporters of the clench-fisting presidential candidate.
An advance party team of Mayor Duterte has also finalized security preparations for the rally in Baliuag to be held at Sagrada Familia Montessori School that will precede the rally at the historic capital city of Bulacan.
Duterte’s barnstorming of Bulacan is set to start with a motorcade in the morning in San Miguel town where thousands of Duterte supporters have promised the Davao mayor a huge turnout particularly from the silent supporters of mayoralty candidate Allen Dela Cruz (Independent) who is enjoying a slight lead over rivals Vice Mayor Ivy Coronel and Ferdie Tiongson.
Bulacan residents who are planning to join the biggest-ever political rally for Duterte are advised to see the ‘Road Map Guide’ to the Malolos rally venue.
The Malolos rally will be the exclamation point to the groundswelling of support for Duterte, said Mary Rose Ortega, a volunteer who took charge of all the tarpaulin and flyers for the event.
‘DU30’ ballers, posters and T-shirts printing are also donated by supporters in almost all the motorcade routes. In Baliuag town, the free T-shirt printing has become a family affair for retired ex-police general Vidal Querol in Brgy. Sabang.
In Bocaue, the clan of a prominent lawyer Atty. Peter Gonzales, whose father served as mayor for two terms, have set up various points in the town where free T-shirt prints of ‘Duterte’ images can be availed of. The information are posted in almost all Facebook groups in Bulacan.
Avid Duterte supporters and followers in the social medium Facebook have decried the apparent effort to downplay and deliberately give equal space for the political rallies of Duterte which are always jampacked with audience.
MetroNEWS Bulacan, the oldest Malolos-based English weekly, have been actively filling up the information gap for the provincial sorties of Duterte and other candidates which were not carried or given enough space by Manila-based tabloids and dailies.
Over the weekend, the Duterte-Cayetano tandem created another sensational audio-visual hit on social media when they barnstorm Metro Manila and capped their sortie with a massive crowd turnout at the Alabang, Muntinlupa estimated at more than 15,000 to 20,000.
Last Friday, Duterte also stirred a spontaneous huge road-blocking turnout in a motorcade in Las Pinas, Rizal after making a successful rally in Palawan attended by thousands that was never seen for a long period of time in the vote-rich province.
The ‘DU30 fever’ has been sweeping all corners of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao that wearing a DU30 ballers had become a status-symbol among residents office workers everywhere..
Duterte, who had been unofficially proclaimed as “presidential winner” in Facebook by surveys of Rappler, 7/11 and other credible and non-partisan entities, continues to be deprived of decent coverage by the big three TV stations (ABS-CBN, GMA-7 and TV-5 and their affiliate broadcast networks/
Duterte is expected to finish his address at Baliuag town by 3 p.m. and will be whisked to Malolos via a motorcade passing thru the towns of Pulilan and Plaridel where an equally strong base of silent supporters will be awaiting to have a glimpse of the ‘clenched fist’ presidential aspirant who is now on top of most surveys especially in social media networks.
For the entire month of March, Duterte had been in a statistical tie with Grace Poe in almost all results of random surveys of reliable private agencies that have virtually validated each other’s results. The complimentary results of survey groups such as Pulse Asia, SWS, Rappler, Standard, and other independent survey groups have shown that Duterte and Poe will be the candidates to beat in the run up to the May 9 elections.
Duterte is banking on the support of thousands of supporters who are joining his protest against what he says is the systemic oppression of the Filipino people by the government.
The clenched fist sign has been Duterte’s expression of protest and has now become the symbol of his revolution against massive practices of corruption, criminality, and illegal drugs that the state has failed to stop.
The clenched fist has also been symbolic of Duterte’s love for the country.
“I am Rodrigo Dutere, I am a Filipino. I love my country because this is the land of my birth and the home my people,” he said.
In his recent sorties, Duterte has even taken to kissing the Philippine flag.
In Davao City, he said he is willing to die and kill in defense of the country.
“It’s just a piece of cloth, but a flag symbolizes a nation. If someone were to burn a Philippine flag in front of me, I would kill him,” he said.
Duterte said he chose to run for president because of the people. Before he decided to join the race, his supporters across the country launched a nationwide campaign to urge him to run.