Team Unity woos Samareños
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
April 12, 2007
Team Unity senatorial candidate Mike “Tol” Defensor and KAMPI Samar
2nd district congressional candidate Sharee Ann Tan smilingly pose
with the SamarNews.com lensman during Team Unity’s political
campaign Wednesday in Catbalogan, Samar. Also in photo is senatorial
candidate Joker Arroyo.
CATBALOGAN, Samar – A sunny
Imelda Park and colorful buntings with senatorial candidates’ faces on them,
welcomed Team Unity bets on Wednesday.
Three thousand Samareños
braved the heat of the sun to see and listen to seven out of the twelve
senatorial aspirants from Team Unity. Among those who came were, Vicente Sotto
III, Miguel Zubiri, Michael Defensor, Vicente Magsaysay, Prospero Pichay, Cesar
Montano, and Joker Arroyo.
Edgardo Angara and Teresa
Aquino-Oreta were represented by wife and son respectively.
Local candidates from Kampi
attended the campaign rally and sat with Team Unity bets. Samar Governor Mila
Tan came with daughter, Ann Tan, who now seeks a seat in Congress. Catbalogan
Mayor Coefredo Uy was also present with candidates for the Sangguniang
Panlalawigan and Sangguniang Bayan.
Sotto, who is hopeful for a
third term assured the Samareños that he will again serve in their best
Despite fairing poorly in
surveys, Zubiri was cheered loudly by the Samareños as the candidate clad in
green boasted that like McArthur, he “returned.” It was his second time this
election period to visit Catbalogan and he promised that if he will be elected,
“magiging kakampi ‘ho ako ninyo sa senado.”
Pichay, who came later, said
that the Samareños would be better off with the administration line-up because
aside from being the “better-looking” lot, the country is hounded with so many
ills that peace and unity are indispensable.
While the crowd cheered on
every candidate, Montano, who came last, stirred the crowd. Montano, who is a
multi-awarded actor and director was introduced by Zubiri as the “pinakamagaling
na artista sa Pilipinas.”
All the other candidates took
three minutes speaking about their programs of action except Joker Arroyo who
only said his campaign slogan: “Kung bad ka, lagot ka!”
The Team Unity candidates
stayed for less than an hour and went off to Calbayog City immediately.