WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
To end his weeklong hiatus from sorties, presidential bet Manny Pacquiao is braving Ilocos Norte, the bailiwick of the Marcoses, on Wednesday, April 20.
Pacquiao has a scheduled sortie at San Nicolas Plaza on Wednesday afternoon. If this pushes through, he would be the first Marcos challenger who held a rally at the heart of Solid North.
Before this, Pacquiao would go around the province, targetting to visit the Paoay, San Nicolas, Piddig, Solsona, Dingras, Sarrat, Laoag City, and Batac City, the hometown of the Marcoses.
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Pacquiao tells the crowd his desire to help the poorest of the poor
Pacquiao addresses the crowd: “Bayan, ang gusto ko lang ipaglaban ang aking mga kasama kung saan ako nanggaling.” pic.twitter.com/78f7Hk6R5O— Aika Rey (@reyaika) April 20, 2022
Wife Jinkee joins Senator Pacquiao in San Nicolas rally
LOOK: Presidential bet Manny Pacquiao and wife Jinkee arrive at San Nicolas Plaza, Ilocos Norte for a rally.— Aika Rey (@reyaika) April 20, 2022
Pacquiao is the first Marcos challenger to hold campaign events in Ilocos Norte. @rapplerdotcom pic.twitter.com/6fG693iSBs
Grateful Pacquiao says he did not expect warm Ilocano welcome
Pacquiao thanks Ilocanos for the warm welcome, says there are cracks in “Solid North.”— Aika Rey (@reyaika) April 20, 2022
“Hindi ko inexpect na ganito karami yung taong sasalubong sa akin. Nagulat nga ako dahil sa ganito karami dito sa balwarte ni Bongbong.”
📸: Team Pacquiao (Piddig, Ilocos Norte) pic.twitter.com/vDKfbNQHm5
Pacquiao comments on Moreno’s tirades vs VP Leni
On Moreno’s continous tirades vs Robredo, Pacquiao says he also attacks other candidates, but he says he only talks about the truth and he does not make up stories. @rapplerdotcom pic.twitter.com/pAm9CMuDYE— Aika Rey (@reyaika) April 20, 2022
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CONTEXT: Pacquiao and Ilocos Norte
When he ran for senator in 2016, Manny Pacquiao ranked 8th in Ilocos Norte with around 100,000 votes.
The quest for the presidency, however, is another matter. Ilocos Norte is not a vote-rich province. It has a little over 430,000 voters, but it has been the Marcoses’ bailiwick for decades.
According to the latest pre-election survey, 87% of Ilocos Region voters would pick dictator’s son Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. for the presidency on May 9.
Pacquiao does not have the numbers to show according to the March Pulse Asia survey. But a group of supporters was able to reserve a venue in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, for the sortie on Wednesday.
San Nicolas town’s mayor is Alfredo Valdez Jr., whose socioeconomic reform plans met several roadblocks under the governorship of Imee Marcos.