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Few show up in Baguio for Team PNoy

Baguio City — Baguio City’s cool weather felt even cooler as only about 1,600 people showed up at the Melvin Jones open field for the campaign sortie of Team PNoy’s senatorial candidates yesterday. The open field, which can accommodate 5,000 people, was last filled to capacity during a concert of entertainment personalities led by actor Coco Martin. Still, Team PNoy campaign manager Senator Franklin Drilon estimated that 3,000 people attended the rally. “The site is quite huge. Even if a lot of people are here, it will still look like we have not filled the place,” Drilon said. But Senator Alan Peter Cayetano could not help but comment on the dismal crowd turnout during his speech. “I am sure we have more supporters who are not here. Perhaps they are busy buying raisin bread at Camp John Hay or at ukay-ukay stores,” Cayetano said. On Saturday, Team PNoy spokesman Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone even chided the opposition United Nationalist Alliance for changing its sortie venue in Baguio. UNA was originally scheduled to hold its rally at Malcolm Square but decided to transfer it to the Baguio Convention Center. “UNA has been playing up that it will be a showdown here in Baguio,” Evardone said. “Maybe their tails curled behind their legs. It is so easy to fill up the Baguio Convention Center which only has a capacity of 2,000. “They have been boasting that their campaign rallies are always well attended. How can they not look jampacked when they hold their sorties [on] basketball courts?” he added.
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