Labor groups and people supportive of the candidacy of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Saturday said they have repackaged the tandem as “Team AlDuB”.
A take from the phenomenal noontime show love team between Alden Richards and Maine “Yaya Dub” Mendoza, popularly known as “AlDub”, the political “AlDuB” refers to Alyansang Duterte-Bongbong.
Bongbong is Marcos’ nickname.
Duterte, the feisty mayor whose certificate of candidacy as a substitute candidate for President of PDP-Laban was recently accepted by the Commission on Elections, topped a recent pre-election survey, dislodging Sen. Grace Poe. Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano is Duterte’s running mate.
Marcos, son and namesake of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, is running for Vice President as an independent and is in tandem with Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
“We are volunteer groups, we do not have anything to do with the campaign line of Duterte-Cayetano and Miriam-Bongbong because there are two tandems here. It was not started from just one group. This Team AlDuB was made by several groups, we are just trying to unify to solidify the win of Mayor Duterte and Senator Bongbong,” Col. Jose Pallarca said.
According to Terry Tuazon, secretary-general of Lakas Manggagawa Labor Center, one reason they have chosen the two because both are against contractualization, outsourcing and the so-called 555 labor scheme.
“They have pronouncement that they are against this. Sabi nga natin ang manggagawang Pilipino ang producers ng wealth ng ating bansa, sila yung nagpapatakbo ng ating lipunan. Pero sila din yung uri sa ating lipunan na pinapabayaan ng ating gobyerno,” Tuazon told the media.
“During the regime of President Marcos, he gave benefits during Labor Day. It only stopped during the leadership of President Corazon Aquino until today, kaya sa palagay namin si Bongbong ang kaniyang plataporma ay nakatuon sa pagkalinga, pagasikaso at pagbibigay benipisyo sa ating working class,” he added.
Tuazon said he was jailed three times during Martial law for he was an activist, however, he is now campaigning for Marcos because people should now move forward.
“Let’s give Bongbong a break to lead the Philippines. Yung kasalanan ng ama ay hindi naman pwedeng kasalanan din ng anak. Hindi ako nagtanim ng galit. Ang kailangan ng ating bayan ay isang leader na kayang disiplinahin hindi lang ang mga mahihirap kundi pati na yung mamamayang umaabuso sa taas at yung military na abusado. Kaya ako naniniwala na ang tandem duterte-marcos ay people’s choice,” Tuazon said.
Pallarca, meanwhile, said that they are tired of hearing leaders who are full of excuses and who are blaming past administrations. He said that it is about time that leaders who will assume in the office have the responsibility to be accountable and who will make solutions for the problems ahead and the problems to be inherited in the past administration.
“Kung hindi nila lalapatan ng solusyon ay dapat hindi po natin dapat sila iboto. Si Mayor Duterte lang ang nagsabing ‘When I assume command, wala na akong problema sa nakaraan, gagawan natin ng solusyon’. Si Bongbong naman also stood by his priniciples,” Pallarca said.
On the other hand, Atty. Raul Lambino, who was the spokesman of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, said he started supporting Duterte as early as April 2014 when the mayor started going on a nationwide speaking tour purportedly to campaign for a shift to the federal form of government.
“Hindi na ako nagpatumpiktumpik pa dahil sa pagkakakilala ko kay Mayor Duterte sa husay sa pamumuno sa Davao City. Yung pag suporta ko naman kay Senator BongBong bilang pangalawang pangulo ito po ay commitment naming mga taga Norte and Central Luzon, hindi bababa ng 90 percent ay naniniwala kay Sen. Bongbong Marcos,” Lambino said.
Lambino cleared that he is not a Marcos loyalist, in fact he was anti-Marcos when he was younger, but according to him he have seen huge difference between Senator Marcos and the regime of President Marcos.