Yesterday’s (February 8) proclamation rallies – organized by presidential candidates in different parts of the Philippines – officially marked the start of the election campaign period for the country’s national posts. 

In accordance with regulations, the government post aspirants will be given a total of three months, or until May 7, to present their advocacies and platforms to the Filipino public before election day on May 9. 

In addition to existing rules, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) released additional guidelines to ensure public health and safety during campaign activities amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the most talked-about was the proclamation rally organized by incumbent Vice President Leni Robredo’s camp. Robredo, who’s running for the seat of President, chose Naga, Camarines Sur as the venue to kick off her campaign with running mate Senator Kiko Pangilinan, who’s running for the VP seat. 

Supporters from all over the country showed solidarity with the VP’s rally through the hashtag #KulayRosasAngBukas, which took over Twitter and ranked number 1. 

 

Photo from VP Leni Robredo’s Official Facebook Page

Meanwhile, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who’s running for the presidential seat, held his proclamation rally with running partner Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte at the Philippine Arena in Sta. Maria, Bulacan

Photo from Gilbert ‘Gibo’ Teodoro, Jr.’s Official Facebook Page

Likewise, supporters of the Marcos-Duterte tandem showed their might on the Twitterverse through hashtag #MahalinNatinAngPilipinas, which also ranked high on the social media platform. 

Host and actress Toni Gonzaga also trended on Twitter as the UniTeam’s emcee and presenter. 

Meanwhile, other presidential candidates and their VPs held their proclamation rallies in the following areas: 

  • Senators Panfilo “Ping” Lacson and Vicente “Tito” Sotto III – Cavite
  • Senator “Manny” Pacquiao and BUHAY Party-list Rep. Jose “Lito” Atienza – General Santos City
  • Labor leader Leodegario “Leody” De Guzman and running mate former Congressman Walden Bello – Quezon City

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