Senator Pacquiao supports Duterte’s advocacies

27 Jun 2016
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ALABEL, Sarangani (June 27, 2016) – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte graced Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao’s oath-taking ceremony on Wednesday (June 22) as Region 12’s first Senator.

In the midst of his speech, Pacquiao publicly declared allegiance to the incoming President as he pointed out support to the succeeding administration’s advocacies on “death penalty, federalism and national security.”

“This afternoon, I declare wholehearted support to Rodrigo Roa Duterte,” Pacquiao said.

It was Duterte’s second visit to Sarangani. On November 27, 2015, Duterte delivered a speech in the same venue during the Munato Festival and 23rd Foundation Anniversary of Sarangani a few hours after his lawyer filed his certificate of candidacy for president in Intramuros.

In that speech, the Davao City mayor vowed that he will build a law-abiding, God-fearing and comfortable nation if elected president. Duterte also said that “corruption has to stop” and “criminality has to go.”

Duterte, who had anchored his campaign on the fight against corruption, criminality, and illegal drugs, reiterated these on his second visit here.

“I promised to the people and I will do it. I put at stake my life, my honor, and even the presidency itself,” Duterte told the crowd.

Aside from a common vision of seeing Philippines rising to “new levels of development,” Pacquiao also stressed on his love for country “like Duterte” which he likewise bid “kailangan suportahan natin.”

The boxing congressman also reported his primary advocacies to be education, livelihood and sports.

On his part, Duterte said his priorities are education and health.

Meanwhile, Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon considered Duterte’s presence in Sarangani as historic having both the first President-elect from Mindanao and first Senator-elect from the region to grace their oath taking.

What is extremely exciting for Sarangans, he said is the future of Sarangani and Mindanao with President Rody Duterte at the helm and Senator Manny Pacquiao at his side.

“A huge wave of development is incoming and I need the help of every Sarangan in a united Sarangani to ensure that we are to absorb all these developments,” Solon underscored in his speech.

The ceremony at the Capitol gym transpired as a convergence of Sarangani and General Santos City officials who at the same time took their oath of office before Regional Trial Court Branch 35 Judge Oscar Noel and RTC Branch 38 Judge Lorenzo Balo. (Beverly C. Paoyon/ SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

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