Binay, Honasan kick off campaign in Mandaluyong

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Makati City as the venue of his proclamation rally would have been a logical choice for Vice President Jejomar Binay, who served as city mayor for two decades.

But with the Binay family out of the Makati City Hall — opposition party United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) opted to hold its rally in Mandaluyong City on Tuesday afternoon (February 9).

The party also believes Mandaluyong is a stronghold because Mayor Benhur Abalos is an UNA stalwart.

Thousands of supporters crowded the streets of Martinez and Nueve de Pebrero, loud music blasting from speakers, banners of candidates flooding the street, as UNA candidates delivered speeches.

UNA officials rooted for improving the plight of urban poor communities in the city.

In his speech, Binay laid down four major projects in his first year in office — if he gets elected.

He promised to scrap the income tax for those earning P30,000 and below.

He also pledged to give 20 million students free books, uniform, and school supplies.

Binay then promised to give free health care to the poor — vowing to continue and expand the conditional cash transfer program. The crowd cheered, clapped and shouted his name after every promise.

Earlier in the day, UNA officials said there would be no big names in the event as they wanted it to be "about the people."

Expected to deliver speeches were UNA senatorial candidates, Parañaque councilor and actress Alma Moreno, Sulu Sultanate’s Princess Jacel Kiram, labor lawyer Allan Montano, former SAF chief Getulio Napeñas, broadcaster Rey Langit and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao. Guest senatorial bet Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez was also expected to deliver a speech.

UNA vice presidential bet Sen. Gringo Honasan was set to deliver his speech right before Binay.

Meanwhile, for the following day until Sunday, UNA planned to barnstorm the vote-rich provinces of Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon.