KAPALONG, Davao del Norte: Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd is not mounting a campaign sortie in Davao City—the turf of rival Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte—at least for now.
Roxas started his campaign here by visiting AMSKARBEMCO, the biggest Banana Cooperative in Davao Del Norte.
He consulted around 600 members of banana growers and Fresh Fruit Cooperative and AMS Kapalong Cooperative members.
After lunch, Roxas proceeded to the founding anniversary celebration of Compostella Valley in the provincial capitol in Nabunturan.
He ended his day with another set of multi-sectoral assemblies in Mati, Davao Oriental.
But despite the absence of Davao City in the itinerary, Roxas argued that he is not shying away from the cityity that is dubbed as Duterte country.
“I was in Davao City this morning. I had an event there. As for a campaign rally there, not yet,” he said.
“I still don’t know the schedule for that [Davao City campaign rally],” Roxas added.
March 8, Tuesday, marked the second straight day that the LP standard-bearer barnstormed a perceived bailiwick of his rivals in the presidential race.
On Monday, Roxas attended a Women’s Day celebration in Makati City [Metro Manila] Coliseum dubbed as Pledge for Parity.
Since 1986, Makati City has been ruled by the family of Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is Roxas’ rival in the presidential race to be held in May.
Binay served as Makati mayor from 1986 to 1998 and again from 2001 to 2010, while his wife Elenita sat as Makati mayor from 1998 to 2001.
His son Erwin was Makati mayor from June 2010 until he was unseated in October 2015 in perpetuity by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales over grave misconduct and serious dishonesty in connection with the P2-billion Makati Building 2 project.
Duterte, on the other hand, has been the Davao City mayor for 22 years.