Binay, Honasan hold sortie in vote-rich Laguna

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – A day after launching their campaign in Mandaluyong City, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) barnstorms the province of Laguna on Wednesday (February 10).

The UNA tandem of Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Gringo Honasan are joined by UNA local candidates in Laguna, including dismissed Laguna governor ER Ejercito who is running for governor.

Unlike his former sorties where Binay went by foot from house to house or around markets, this time he rode on top of an open truck.

He said starting today, he will hold caravans to tour different municipalities in order to visit more places, even the most far-flung areas.

Hundreds of Laguna residents warmly welcomed Binay, some with hugs and kisses.

Others went out of their houses to watch the UNA caravan.

Binay woos Laguna residents

UNA Spokesperson Mon Ilagan said UNA opted to hold its first out-of-town sortie during the official campaign period in Laguna because they believe it is an UNA stronghold.

With over 1.67 million voters, Laguna is the province with the fourth largest number of voters in the country. In the 2010 vice presidential elections, Binay beat now Liberal Party presidential bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas II by more than 200,000 votes.

Binay is set to visit five Laguna municipalities: San Pedro, Biñan, Sta. Rosa, Cabuyao and Calamba.

In his speech in San Pedro, Binay reminded the public that their municipality and Makati City – where he served as mayor for more than 2 decades – are sister cities.

Binay said he was able to provide medical assistance to some San Pedro residents, and sometimes, he was able to provide more immediate relief to them than the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

In the pink of health

Binay said he recently underwent his annual medical examination, and the doctor said he is in the pink of health.

He is now 73 years old, but he can still go around campaigning for up to 12 hours. As a matter of fact, the caravan on Thursday started at 8:30 a.m. and is expected to end at around 9:00 p.m.

He added his doctor even advised him to go back to playing badminton, but he prefers walking as an exercise to avoid injuries.