Philippine Presidential Candidates Kick Off Campaigns

Camille Elemia, Aie Balagtas See and Jojo Riñoza
2022.02.08
Santa Maria and Naga, Philippines
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Philippine Presidential Candidates Kick Off Campaigns Presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr. speaks to supporters during his campaign kickoff at the Philippine Arena in Santa Maria, Philippines, Feb. 8, 2022.
Jojo Riñoza/BenarNews

Colorful and boisterous rallies officially kicked off the race for the Philippine presidential election as candidates fanned out nationwide Tuesday to court votes to replace outgoing leader Rodrigo Duterte.

Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the son and namesake of the late Philippine dictator, launched his presidential campaign at a sports stadium north of Manila along with running mate Sara Duterte-Carpio, Duterte’s daughter who is vying to become the country’s next vice-president.

The two appeared before a crowd of about 25,000 supporters clad in red and green, the campaign’s colors. The kickoff at the Philippine Arena featured strobe lights, bands, dancers, and fireworks set off outside.

Speaking in Filipino, Marcos called on his countrymen to band together in the face of the country’s challenges. If elected, he would aim to help the Philippines rise up from poverty and challenges including COVID-19. 

“Unity has been my objective so we can get past this pandemic crisis,” he said. “We only overcame adversity with unity.” 

Other presidential candidates include Vice President Leni Robredo, retired boxing champ Manny Pacquiao, Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso, who is a former actor; Sen. Panfilo Lacson, a former police chief; and labor leader Leody de Guzman.

Duterte-Carpio told supporters inside the arena that her running mate had the experience needed for office.

“Why BBM (Bongbong Marcos)? Because I believe in his capability to lead as president,” Duterte-Carpio said, noting that Marcos Jr. had served as a legislator and as a local official. 

“The kind of experience we need not only to sustain the growth and development spurred by the current administration, but also to bring a more prosperous future. We must protect President Bongbong Marcos,” she said without elaborating.

The sports venue where she was speaking is owned by the Christian sect Iglesia ni Cristo, whose members are reputed for voting in a bloc.

In a video message, Marcos Jr.’s mother, Imelda, expressed confidence that the two running mates would win the May 9 polls. 

“I have already been campaigning a lot and from what I feel from the people I’ve been talking to, we have a good chance to win,” said Imelda Marcos, 92, the former first lady of the Philippines who is still a political force here. 

She said that she would campaign for her son and Duterte-Carpio, who is popular in the southern Philippines. 

The elder Ferdinand Marcos ruled the Philippines from 1965 to 1986, when he fled the country following a democratic uprising. He died three years later in Hawaii. His widow, Imelda, was convicted of large-scale graft in 2018, but remains free.

Tuesday was the first time that Marcos Jr. appeared before the public after he twice snubbed invitations by Philippine media for interviews. Still, surveys show that he remains on top of the presidential race. 

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Vice President Leni Robredo speaks to supporters in her hometown Naga city in the Bicol region as she launches her campaign for Philippine president, Feb. 8, 2022. [Jun Santiago III/BenarNews]

Robredo starts at home

In eastern Bicol region, Marcos’ closest rival, Robredo rallied her supporters at a village that her office helped construct for victims of back-to-back devastating typhoons. 

“I’m happy to be back here in Angat Buhay Village in Lupi. We chose this village and Bicol region as the kickoff point of our campaign for a reason. Bicol is my birthplace,” said Robredo, who became Duterte’s vice president after defeating Marcos Jr. in the 2016 general election.

“This is where I grew up, studied, and raised my family. This is where I found a job. For this, I am happy to be back to seek your support as I face the most difficult fight of my life,” she said. 

Robredo said she could “weather whatever challenges” that her rivals throw at her because she has the public’s backing. 

Surrounded by palm trees and rice fields, Angat Buhay Village in Lupi has 120 houses constructed for families affected by recent typhoons. Robredo called this a “product of collaboration” of the national and local government and a showcase of what the private sector, the international community and communities can achieve together. 

“Many of us have lost hope. Some say ‘our lives would never change no matter who wins the [elections].’ But until we have replaced the old and rotten system of politics, until we have inspired and instilled hope among the citizens, nothing will change.

“So, this morning as we start our campaign, I implore everyone to join this fight because this battle is for all of us,” she said. “I am confident because I am with you. If a leader is honest to her vows as a public servant, she can do a lot with meager resources.” 

Many of Robredo’s supporters wore pink or carried pinks signs – the candidate’s campaign color. Even rice fields were decorated with pink flags and ribbons to welcome the vice president. 

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Manila Mayor Isko Moreno (white shirt) greets supporters during a motorcade in the capital city promoting his 2022 presidential campaign, Feb. 8, 2022. [AP]

In the May 9 general election, more than 18,000 electoral posts are up for grabs, from town mayors to governors and members of Congress.

But the most closely watched race is the one to determine who will replace Duterte because he is constitutionally barred from seeking a second six-year term. Analysts have said that Marcos Jr. and Duterte-Carpio would work to protect Duterte, who is under investigation by an international court over thousands of drug war-related killings. 

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Supporters of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte-Carpio wear costumes of the presidential and vice-presidential candidates during their campaign kickoff at the Philippine Arena in Santa Maria, Philippines, Feb. 8, 2022. [Jojo Riñoza/BenarNews]
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William Glenn Blackwood
May 05, 2022 06:11 PM

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A paper in (Food and Chemical Toxicology Journal) by Stephanie Seneff of MIT, and Greg Nigh of Immerson Health, Athony M. Kyriakopoulos of NASCO AD Biotechnology Laboratory Pirarus Greece and Peter A. McCullough of Truth For Health Foundation, Tucson AZ. USA.
Their e-mails are:
Seneff@csail.mit.edu (s. Sneff)
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(G. Nigh)
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(P.A. McCullough)

Innate Immune suppresion by
SARS-COV-2mRNA Vaccinations
(Food and Chemical Toxicology Journal)
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S027869152200206X

THE FOLLOWING INCLUDES A PAPER IN THE "INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF VACCINE THEORY PRACTICE AND RESEARCH" (IJVTPR) ENTITLED "WORSE THAN THE DISEASE? "

The latest very shocking information from MIT and other very credible sources on covid 19 and the vaccines. The following is from a senior MIT researcher.
https://stephanieseneff.net/sars-cov-2-vaccines-and-neurodegenerative-disease/ And another post from the same senior MIT researcher.
https://stephanieseneff.net/pediacide-vaccine-risks-for-kids/
Next is a peer reviewed paper from the above senior MIT researcher and another Ph.D. entitled "Worse Than The Disease? “ In the" International Journal of Vaccine Theory Practice and Research" (IJVTPR)
https://ijvtpr.com/index.php/IJVTPR/article/view/23 After reading the abstract you will need to click on PDF to read the paper.
The covid 19 vaccines are no joke. They are deadly.
https://healthimpactnews.com/2022/41834-dead-3-9-million-injured-following-covid-vaccines-in-european-database-as-u-s-military-deaths-soar-1100/ Also go to the next link. Massive increases in strokes and heart attacks.
https://healthimpactnews.com/2022/covid-19-vaccine-massacre-68000-increase-in-strokes-44000-increase-in-heart-disease-6800-increase-in-deaths-over-non-covid-vaccines/

COVID VACCINES DAMAGE YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM, LIKELY PERMANENTLY
https://stevekirsch.substack.com/p/new-study-shows-vaccines-must-be?s=r

FRONT LINE COVID-19 CRITICAL CARE ALLIANCE. (YOU MUST SCROLL ALL THE WAY DOWN TO SEE ALL THE LATEST NEWS ON HOW TO CORRECTLY TREAT COVID-19)
https://covid19criticalcare.com/

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https://americasfrontlinedoctors.org/
Click on the 3 parallel bar site menu top right to better access and see what is on this site.
A global site is next!
GLOBAL COVID SUMMIT (a tremendous amount of information)
https://globalcovidsummit.org/
Now for what is going on in the Philippines click on the following site.
https://thecovidblog.com/2022/03/28/manila-massacre-whats-happening-in-the-philippines-is-nothing-short-of-open-genocide-thanks-to-duterte-vaccine-policies/?utm_source=Friday+night
The scientific truth about mask.
https://thecovidblog.com/truth-about-masks/
Some Philippine sites are:
https://covidcalltohumanity.org/
Concerned doctors and citizens of the Phippines.
https://cdcph.org/
https://romeoquijanomd.net/ MD in the Philippines. And another really good Philippine site.
https://supersally.substack.com/ other good sites are:
https://www.mercola.com/ AND
https:childrenshealthdefense.org
You can also go to:
https://www.stopworldcontrol.com/movement
For a list of hundreds of sites world wide with their links go to:
https://www.stopworldcontrol.com/MAP/
You will find links to "World Doctors Alliance, World Council for Health, Doctors for Freedom, UK Medical Freedom Alliance, and many more.
Covid Blog
https://thecovidblog.com/
Researcher Stephanie Seneff PH.D. Also wrote an article on the pesticide Glyphosate. Https://Stephanieseneff.net/how-the-weedkiller-glyphosate-is-destroying-our-health/ That is something else that should be looked in to and investigated! (This is exceedingly alarming information) Contact Stephanie Sneff Ph.D. At Sneff@csail.mit.edu

WHY ARE SO MANY DOCTORS RESEARCHERS AND SCIENTIST PROMOTING COVID-19 VACCINES WHILE OTHERS ARE DEAD SET AGAINST THESE VACVINES? WHO'S RESEARCH IS RIGHT?!

To understand what is going on with disinformation, how it works, how disinformation is probagated and who stands up scientifically please read articles in the following news letter.

Steve Kirsch's new letter (latest news on Covid). After reading some of his articles you might consider subscribing
https://stevekirsch.substack.com/ Once on this site look for the article "Meet Professor David Fishman of Canada" He is a disinformation specialist extraordinaire

THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF THE "WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM" (SCROLL ALL THE WAY DOWN TO SEE OTHER INTERESTING TOPICS.)
https://covidcalltohumanity.org/2022/04/13/the-ultimate-goal-of-the-wef-is-to-control-and-change-life-on-earth/?utm_source=mailpoet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=article-highlights-from-covid-call-to-humanity_4

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