Candidates in PDI forum bring cheer squads

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CEBU CITY—Each of the candidates brought their own cheering squads.

Chants and shouts of the supporters filled Cebu Cultural Center (CCC) on Saturday, where the 3rd Inquirer Senate Forum was held.

Some supporters could even be seen dancing to the tune of their candidates’ campaign jingle.

The loudest cheers were for the candidates with organized political backing: Bayan Muna party-list Teddy Casiño, Rep. Sonny Angara, Team PNoy’s Grace Poe, Bangon Pilipinas party-list Bro. Eddie Villanueva and the United Nationalist Alliance’s Miguel Zubiri.

Compared to their rivals, Rizalito David of Kapatiran, Samson Alcantara of Social Justice Society and independent Richard Penson could manage a mere handful of supporters.

First to arrive at the CCC in Lahug, Cebu City, were the supporters of Villanueva wearing green shirts bearing the image of the candidate’s face.

But before entering the venue, 10 female supporters of Villanueva performed a dance at the CCC lobby while the other supporters sang.

Most enthusiastic

The blue-shirted Casiño walked five minutes from the corner of Escario Street and Gorordo Avenue to the CCC while chanting “Teddy! Teddy! Teddy!”

Casiño also appeared to have the most enthusiastic supporters who, every time he answered questions from the moderators—Inquirer Libre editor-in-chief Chito de la Vega and Inquirer Visayas bureau chief Connie Fernandez— would stand up, cheer and unfurl the candidate’s banner.

Not to be outdone, Villanueva’s supporters never failed to chant his name every time he was called to answer a question.

The Zubiri camp was composed of 82 nautical graduates in complete uniform from Southwestern University, about 20 people wearing Team Rama green shirts and several others in orange shirts.

As soon as Zubiri entered the venue, the nautical graduates gave him a snappy salute.

The Poe and Angara squads wore white and yellow shirts, respectively, bearing the candidates’ photos.

Although David, Alcantara and Penson did not have a big crowd of supporters, they were still wildly applauded.

At the end of the forum, the candidates met with the members of the audience, many of whom took the chance to have their photos taken with them.

The boyish-looking Angara was the most in-demand for photos; even the supporters of rival candidates asked to take souvenir shots with him.

Japanese Hiroya Takamatsu, 21, who attended the forum with some friends from the University of the Philippines, said he found the forum “great and interesting.”

Takamatsu, who said he was able to follow the discussions, which were conducted mostly in Filipino, said he believes political dynasties are “not so bad.”

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  • antlagdamn

    wow! loudest cheer sila angara! Galing talaga, malamang taas si sonny pagatapos ng elections…

  • PabloEsscobar

    bumalik pala sila sa cebu, diba cebu sila last week, or last 2 weeks ba? anyways, good luck sa lahat!! VOTE WISELY!

  • farmerpo

    Bakit si Binay, di hinakot? Sayang….. sana nakita man lang namin. O baka andoon lang at di makita dahil di nagsalita…. the invisible candidate kung baga… Pareho lang ng Jackie, kung anong sabihin ng tatay yun na.

    • Marc Julian Manongdo

      I think medyo independent naman si Jack kay Juan. Pro-RH, Pro-Divorce, and Pro-Marriage Equality si Jack.

  • MULEN

    Dapat sanayin na ni Teddy Casiño ang sarili sa kalabasa at kangkong dahil malapit na ang paghuhusga ng taumbayan.

  • bayankopdi

    siguro mga cheerers ni casino naka attire parang guerilla naka baril at naka back pack hehehe

  • Rolly257

    Kaysa Jv Ejercito, Enrile, Honasan, or Bro. Eddie Villanueva…doon na kang ako sa aso, siguradong loyal.

  • rowena anewor

    Bakit mo ibabalik sa Senado si Alan Cayetano na sobrang dami kasamahaan sa katawaan, sa kanyang pagkatao. Hwag nyo siyang pagkatiwalaan.

  • hashmoni

    Huwag magpapaniwala sa mga sinasabi sa political ads ni Alan Cayetano, Pawang panlilinlang lang ang lahat ng iyon. Magising kayo sa katotohanan.

  • john lapiz

    Huwag sayangin ang boto. Mas iboto nyo si Jamby kesa kay Alan Cayetano na isang peke, huwag at mapanlinalang na tao. wag ibalik sa Senado si Alan.

  • hashmoni

    Si Cayetano is a closet queen, bakla, lalaki ang tipo. Kaya nga laging napupuyat sa mga bar sa the Fort, ayaw tabihan ang asawa niyang si Lani.

  • rowena anewor

    Ganya ang mga Cayetano, kapag napakinabangan na, iniiwan at trinatraydor nila. Akalain mo nga naman oh!

  • Guest

    Promise nga ni Jamby Madrigal, ipapatuloy niya ang tuwid na daan ni PNoy. at ipagtatanggol ang justice and truth for all.

  • Guest

    Kung dati rati, kinalaban ni Jamby ang Arroyo government, ngayon hindi na. Nasa tuwid na daan na tayo kaya tutulungan na lang niya si PNoy.

  • Guest

    Bakit ba No. 1 critic ng Arroyo administration, siyempre sobrang corrupt ng past administrion. E galit si Jamby sa corrupt, kaya di niya tinantanan.

    • Guest

      Paiimbestigahan din Jamby Madrigal ang isyu ng contruactulization. Sabi nga niya, there has to be a way, short of stopping contractualization to completely safeguard the rights and the job security of contractual workers.

      • Guest

        balita ko Nangako rin si Jamby Madrigal na kayang paiimbestigahan ang patuloy na pagtaas ng water bill. Good maganda yan.

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