The show is over!
That was the reaction of Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (Neg. Occ., 4th District) after seeing the huge crowd at their campaign rally at the La Carlota City Public Plaza yesterday afternoon.
With the huge turn-out, Marañon said their political foes are already knocked out.
He said the caravan in the fourth district, was the longest one he ever attended since the start of the political campaign period.
Marañon said the crowd is reflective of the support of the people of the fourth district for him and his Negros First agenda.
The police estimated the crowd at about 20,000.
Residents wearing T-shirts with the name of Ferrer on them bore the scorching heat of the sun and joined the caravan that started in Brgy. Taloc, Bago City, and ended in Brgy. Sampinit, in La Carlota City.
The caravan passed through the towns and cities in the fourth district except the town of Pulupandan, the bailiwick of Mayor Magdaleno Peña, a close ally of Marañon's challenger, Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez.
Also present during the rally were Mayors Juliet Ferrer, Mario Magno, Glory Gomez and Joemar Alonzo of La Carlota, San Enrique, Valladolid and Pontevedra, respectively, former La Carlota Mayor Juancho Aguirre, Marañon's runningmate Board Member Melvin Ibanez, and actors Philip Salvador and Joko Diaz.
The event coincided with Ferrer's 44th birthday, which he said is his most memorable one as most people of the fourth district showed up to attend their grand political rally.
Ferrer said he are not surprised with by huge turnout because his public service is sincere and not "fake," unlike those of others. He, however, said only God knows his destiny during the elections.
Asked about the tarpaulins in Valladolid and Pulupandan bearing his face and with the words "never again", Ferrer said, it was a desperate move orchestrated by "mad minds".
Marañon and Ibañez are set to hold rallies in Kabankalan City today and in San Carlos City tomorrow. These cities are considered home turfs of Alvarez's allies.*APN