With the May 2022 elections fast approaching, many changes have occurred within multiple political parties. Many are expressing their support for the running candidates for top positions, while the candidates themselves have been traveling around provinces to express their gratitude and intentions to the public.

Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, who is running as an independent presidential candidate, has been touring Bicol over the last few days. She has been to Catanduanes to oversee the Vice President’s Office’s vaccination project.

In addition, the Vice President paid a two-day visit to Baguio City. Following the flag-raising ceremony at Baguio City Hall, Mayor Benjamin Bagalong stated in an interview that he and the vice president are “completely aligned” in their belief in good governance that extends beyond traditional politics.

“Yeah we’re aligned, we’re aligned. We’re completely aligned sa aming pananaw (in our views) and you know, I admire her,” the Mayor stated. 

Despite his comments, Mayor Bagalong refused to confirm whether his remarks meant he was endorsing Robredo in the 2022 elections.

Meanwhile, Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, who is running under the Probinsya Muna Development Initiative (PROMDI) party, was out with his family in his hometown of General Santos City. He had given out relief supplies to those affected by the fire in Barangay Calumpang.

Presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) and Vice Presidential candidate Sara Duterte-Carpio of the Lakas-CMD also held a caravan in vote-rich Quezon City. Supporters of the two candidates congregated along Commonwealth Avenue, Elliptical Road, and Quezon Avenue to join the caravan, causing heavy traffic congestion on the aforementioned major thoroughfares.

The Marcos camp issued a statement in which it apologized to those who were inconvenienced by the camp’s caravan to motorists. 

Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacon met with area residents and fishermen on Pag-asa Island in Kalayaan, Palawan, amid tensions with China over the West Philippine Sea dispute.

During an ambush interview with Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso during his visit to Lapu-Lapu City, the Presidential aspirant stated his support for President Duterte’s senate run, saying he would be honored to endorse the President if the Chief Executive would allow it.

“Nakuha ko nga siyang iboto, e ‘di ko pa ba siya makuhang i-adopt (If I can vote for him, why wouldn’t I adopt him),” the Presidential aspirant added. 

Senator Bong Go of the Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS) announced his withdrawal from the 2022 Presidential race on November 30, 2021. He stated that now is not the time for him to run for President, and that he should “avoid inflicting stress” on the President.

As Filipinos continue to express their support for their preferred candidates, they have the opportunity to learn about the contributions and ambitions of various candidates vying for national and local positions during the pandemic in order to provide the much-needed leadership that the country requires overcoming such calamity. Xian Dato

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