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The mayor of Cebu City promises justice in the approval of poll rally permits.

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Mayor Michael Rama promised political groups planning partisan activities in the city on Tuesday that the municipal government will review and approve permission applications fairly.

Rama stated that politics would never be taken into account while processing applications for campaign rally licenses in the city.

The mayor made the comment after the city denied a group of supporters of presidential candidate Vice President Leni Robredo’s application to utilize the Plaza Independencia as a location for an event on April 9.

He claimed he once turned down a request from presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (BBM) and his running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, to hold their Cebu grand rally at Plaza Independencia, which would have been more accessible to their supporters and closer to the city port area.

Political rallies are not permitted at the Plaza Independencia, according to him.

The clarification came after some event organizers from Robredo’s camp claimed that the identical walk route was utilized by UniTeam supporters in their application for a permit for the PinkHimamat Fun Walk, which was intended to take place on April 9.

Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Robredo’s vice presidential candidate, will conduct a large rally in Mandaue City on Thursday.

Over 200,000 people are expected to attend the “Ceboom” event at the Mandaue Reclamation Area, according to Ricky Ballesteros, a member of the People’s Council for Leni.

UniTeam Cebu director and former city councilor Erik Miguel Espina, meanwhile, urged those who attended a BBM-Sara demonstration here on Monday night to express their support for the May 9 election results.

“The BBM-Sara Uniteam-Tingog party-list rally was prepared with fervor, with the goal of demonstrating to the entire Philippines Cebuanos’ newfound voice and might.” This was intended to outdo recent political rallies, where the large number of enthusiastic spectators resembled a Sinulog-style festival. “In the next six years, this will be the impassioned voice of support and success for the destined tandem,” Espina added.

The large turnout confirmed, according to Espina, that Cebuano votes can be a turning point for the country’s future.

According to Cebu City Police Office deputy director for operations, Lt. Col. Wilbert Parilla, the rally was mostly peaceful.

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