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SIX PARIS PRESIDENTIAL (left to right, top): Vice President Leni Robredo, former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Sr., labor leader Leody de Guzman, Mayor of Manila Isko Moreno, Senator Panfilo Lacson and Senator Manny Pacquiao. (FILE PHOTOS)

MANILA, Philippines – Here are some of the highlights of presidential candidate activities during week 10 of the campaign for the May 2022 elections.

Leodye de Guzman #2

■ April 9 – Party caucus held in Barangay Biliran, Binangonan, Rizal province; participated in the University of the Philippines Visayas online forum

■ April 10 – Unveiling of a four-point health program via social networks

■ April 11 – No activities planned

■ 12 April – Participation in the assembly of workers in Bagbaguin, Caloocan; joined condemnation of fake sex video of one of Vice President Leni Robredo’s daughters

■ April 13 – Participation in the San Beda College online forum, then another organized by Doctors to the Barrios

– Interview recorded with The Guidon of the Ateneo de Manila University; called on the Ministry of Education to restore history as a separate subject

■ April 16 – Participation in the online forum organized by Transnational Migrant Platform – Europe

Key message: “The (current) view of health issues is narrow: it is more focused on ‘universal health care’, medical insurance, hospitalization and treatment, instead of a comprehensive view that guarantees healthy nutrition and diet, clean air and water, increasing resistance and avoidance of disease, and other means that will ensure the physical and mental health of Filipinos. (statement of April 10)

—JEROME ANING

Isko Moreno Domagoso #3

■ April 10 – Meeting with fire victims in Binondo, Manila; discussed the situation with the local police during the campaign period

– Holding of a major rally in Manila; performers led by his actor son, Joaquin Domagoso; organizers claimed a maximum crowd of 80,000.

■ April 11 – Leyte events canceled due to bad weather; back to town hall for work

■ April 12 – Motorcade from San Pedro, Laguna Province, to Muntinlupa City

– The faction of his volunteer group IM Pilipinas defected to Vice President Leni Robredo

■ April 13 – Motorized processions in Pampanga, meetings with local elected officials; public meeting in San Fernando

– Three regional pro-Marcos groups shifted their support to Domagoso and Sara Duterte; they included the original leaders of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, Marcos Pa Rin and Kilusang Bagong Lipunan Baguio-Benguet chapter

■ April 16 – No timetable

Key message: “It’s a democracy. They (IM Pilipinas faction) can do whatever they want. They are entitled to their opinion. They said they had so much anger towards Marcos. But I have no anger towards Marcos. (Interview from April 12 in San Pedro, Laguna)

—JAP DJ

Ping Lacson #5

■ April 11 – Attended the Flag Ceremony at Camp Crame, then attended the Ceremony for the Handover of Office and Police Equipment to the Philippine National Police from PNP Foundation Inc.

– Guest at the Kapihan ng Samahang Plaridel forum at the Hotel de Manila, with his running mate Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and Senatorial candidate Minguita Padilla

■ April 12 – In an interview on EMedia Mo, a Zamboanga City radio station, explained how the pandemic became a major factor in his decision to run for president

– Participated in the Senate investigation into the relentless smuggling of agricultural products, where four people were identified as the main smugglers of vegetables and seafood

■ April 13 – Trips to Iloilo postponed due to tropical storm “Agaton” (Megi).

■ April 16 – No public events scheduled

Key message: “We noticed that we had a good number of conversions, mainly because we are able to engage. We were able to approach [the people’s] problems and we try to solve them immediately or prospectively. So they see that this team will really work for them. (April 11 remarks at Kapihan ng Samahang Plaridel Forum)

—MELVIN GASCON

Bang Marcos #7

■ April 10 – Meeting with 15 governors at campaign headquarters in Mandaluyong town; discussed how their votes can be protected, as well as their priority programs in the provinces

■ April 11 – No public commitment, but the team issued a statement saying 73 of 81 governors support it, without naming them and quoting only Quezon Governor Danilo Suarez

■ April 12 – Obtains the approval of the One Cebu Party led by Garcia, as well as the mayors of Cebu City, Mandaue City, Lapu-Lapu City and Talisay City

■ April 13 – Return to vote-rich Quezon City for a rally on IBP Road, without running mate Sara Duterte, Mayor of Davao City; mayoral candidate Rep. Mike Defensor held a rally

■ April 16 – No public events scheduled

Key message: “In fact, after coming off the stage after signing the various resolutions, I whispered to the [House] Majority floor manager [Martin Romualdez], saying One Cebu joined us, Cebu Island also joined us, so we have a chance to win. (April 12 message at the One Cebu Party General Assembly)

—NESTOR CORRALES

Manny Pacquiao #9

■ April 11 – In Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte, meeting with local leaders, pastors and residents during a popular assembly

– Urged to maintain confidence in Electoral Commission (Comelec) amid complaints on first day of overseas absentee voting

■ April 12 – Perplexed at Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental; organized a motorcade, a popular assembly and a prayer rally in the towns of Oroquieta and Ozamiz

– Asked Comelec to let him send aid to the victims of tropical storm “Agaton” (international name: Megi), lest he be accused of vote buying

■ April 13 – Joined proclamation rally of local candidates under his Promdi party in Tangub City, Misamis Occidental

– Visit to the town of Pagadian, Zamboanga del Sur, courtesy visit to local authorities and holding of a community assembly

■ April 16 – No public events are planned

Key message: “I do not ask for support from the civil servants in place because they may ask me to reciprocate later. Like I said, this is a war on corruption, where I’ll show people that our country can change. (briefing of April 13 in pagadian)

—JULIE M. AURELIO

Leni Robredo #10

■ April 11 – Attended meetings, helped organize relief distribution to victims of Tropical Storm “Agaton” (Megi) in the Eastern Visayas

■ April 12 – A campaign rally attended by some 6,000 supporters was held in San Fernando City, La Union, part of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s so-called Strong Northern Bailiwick.

– Flight to Virac, Catanduanes, in the afternoon for another rally; crowd estimated at 20,000

■ April 13 – Meeting with Bishop Jose Bantolo, other local Church leaders at Liceo de Masbate in Masbate City

– Spoke to some 40,000 people at a rally along Jesse Robredo Boulevard, a road named for her husband, the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, who died in a plane crash in off Masbate in 2012.

– Spent the rest of Holy Week with family in their hometown, Naga City.

Key message: “The conduct of elections reminds us that real power is in the hands of ordinary people. An election is always a chance for us to [hit] the reset button. (April 13 remarks at a meeting with clergy in Masbate City)

—MARLON RAMOS

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