HONG KONG: Actor Robin Padilla and Sebastian Duterte were here on Sunday to meet with overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and campaign for presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Padilla and Sebastian arrived on Saturday and met with organizers of the OFWs who will be conducting an all-day event on Chater Road, located at the central business district of Hong Kong.
This is the first overseas presidential campaign for Sebastian, the youngest son of the Davao City mayor.
Baste, as he is called, will be delivering his father’s message at the gathering of OFWs on Chater Road.
Organized by the Global Alliance in coordination with the Duterte Alliance in this busy autonomous territory of China, the event is expected to draw over 5,000 OFWs who get their traditional Sunday dayoff for the week.
Chater Road has become the traditional congregation place for OFWs every Sunday and events along the road are booked well ahead of tie.
Elmer Estrella, an OFW from Tagum who is now a permanent resident of the territory, said 80 percent of the Filipinos working in Hong Kong are supporting and will be voting for Duterte in the May 9 elections.
When asked why they will be voting for the Davao City mayor, Estrella replied that Duterte may be the last chance for the Filipinos for real change.
He said he has been daring other Filipinos to debate with him on their choice of Duterte.
“Isa lang ang sabihin ko sa kanila [I have only one argument]. Exhibit A is Davao City,” he told the 10-man delegation of Duterte while driving his van for a 30-minute ride from the airport to central Hong Kong.
A singer, Estrella now owns and operates an employment agency in Hong Kong.
Jenny, a resident of Antipas in North Cotabato, a domestic worker and is the secretary of Duterte Alliance, said they will be campaigning for their relatives and friends back home to vote for Duterte.
Hong Kong is home to the largest concentration of OFWs in the world with over 180,000 Filipinos working in the territory.
Meeting with leaders of the Duterte Alliance at the lobby of a hotel in Hong Kong, Padilla told them that the Davao City mayor is “our last card.”
“Lahat ng dumaan na presidente, pareha-pareha lang. Si Duterte and naiiba. Siya ang ating huling baraha [All previous presidents are the same. Only Duterte is different. He is our last card],” the action star said.
Padilla has thrown his full support behind Duterte and will be making appearances during the campaign for the city mayor for free.