Duterte-Cayetano rally in Davao City
DAVAO CITY—This is one big event the people of Davao have been waiting for.
In what is considered the biggest political event in Davao history, the city and its people are expected to come out in droves today for the grand rally to support the tandem of Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte and Senate Majority leader Alan Peter Cayetano.
The gathering at the Freedom Park along Roxas Avenue starting at 4 p.m. will actually cap an eventful day as March 16 also marks the 79th founding anniversary of Davao City.
A candle-lighting ceremony will highlight the rally dubbed “Kahayag sa Pagbag-o” where Dabawenyos are encouraged to go out of their homes or open their windows and light a candle for the Duterte and Cayetano tandem.
The activity’s theme is consonant with the agenda of Duterte and Cayetano, to end the disorder and bring genuine change in the country.
Duterte has vowed to stop illegal drugs, criminality and corruption in the first three to six months of his term if he wins the presidency in the May national elections.
Since the campaign period started last February 9, Duterte has been busy on the campaign trail trying to cover more grounds, although he has yet to hold a rally in his beloved Davao. Cayetano will join the tough-talking mayor in the said event.
The stage is finally set today, and it will be extra special as the city is also celebrating Araw ng Davao.
Earlier in the day, City Hall will hold the annual civic parade called “Parada Dabawenyo” and to be attended by government officials led by City Administrator Jesus Melchor V. Quitain and heads of the different line agencies and sectoral representatives.
The city’s law enforcement agencies like the Davao City Police Office and Task Force Davao are also expected to join the Parada and showcase their might and capabilities before the Dabawenyos.
It can be recalled that Davao is Duterte’s Exhibit A in his presidential run, having presented and promoted the city’s meaningful legislation and accomplishments to the public.
Meanwhile, organizers of the twin activities have assured the public that the Parada Dabawenyo will not be hampered by the Duterte-Cayetano political rally.
The parade will end at 12 noon at Rizal Park, or four hours before the start of the rally at Freedom Park.