Some 60,000 supporters are expected to attend the massive People’s Grand Rally on Friday afternoon, March 15, at the Davao City Crocodile Park.
No less than President Rodrigo Duterte will be on hand to formally present to Dabawenyos his chosen senatorial candidates in what is seen as the biggest political rally of the administration bets. Arwin Ardon, head of the Duterte Campaign Team (DCT), said they are expecting the numbers to be at around 60,000 as supporters of the president’s anointed ticket will be coming from the entire Davao Region.
Ardon, on Thursday, said the DCT has collaborated with the president’s political allies which is spearheaded by the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).
“The purpose of this event is just really to have a very formal endorsement (of the president’s senatorial bets),” Ardon said, referring to the president’s personal choice “MABAGOKOTO” composed of Maguindanao Representative Zajid “Dong” Mangundadatu, former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and former political adviser Francis Tolentino among others.
Ardon also said President Duterte’s other anointed candidates Senator Cynthia Villar, Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, Ilocs Norte Governor Imee Marcos, Senator JV Ejercito, Taguig City Representative Pia Cayetano, music icon Freddie Aguilar and former cabinet secretary Raffy Alunan will also be attending.
Anticipating a mammoth crowd, Davao City Police Office (DCPO) director Police Senior Superintendent Alexander Tagum assured to cover all possible contingencies and ensure the security and safety of all participants through the support of the Task Force Davao, Police Regional Office-11 and the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group to assure the safety.
Tagum said they will be putting check points to inspect bypassers and deploy traffic enforcements for possible traffic violators.
City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) head Dionisio Abude, meanwhile, said there will be no closure of roads at the Diversion Road but they will be putting exit points leading to the bypass road going to the exit in San Rafael.
Abude, however, said they already identified three parking areas that will accommodate two parking spaces for VIPs and one for general parking.
“If ever mapuno na ang VIP and general parking areas, we will be using the bypass road instead,” Abude said.
CTTMO will also deploy traffic personnel in nearby areas like Maa, Garcia Heights, Milan and Jade Valley to direct vehicles passing through Diversion Road.