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In Cebu, Prexy is betting on last-ditch efforts to attract voters.

CEBU CITY, Philippines – On Wednesday, two presidential candidates with roots in the center Philippines canvassed Cebu province in the hopes of securing votes among their fellow Visayans.

Vice President Leni Robredo, a presidential candidate, sent her daughter to Lapu-Lapu City for a market visit in an attempt to court more Cebu voters.

Senator Manny Pacquiao, on the other hand, hosted a caravan as part of his three-day visit to the province through Friday, while Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso had a town-hall gathering with his supporters in Barangay Mambaling here.

Pacquiao’s parallel-group volunteer Nigel Wenceslao claimed the People’s Champ’s “great caravan” began in Talisay City’s Barangay Lagtang and traveled across the province’s southern corridor before stopping in the western area for an overnight.

“On Day 2 on Thursday, the caravan would begin at Asturias, then travel through the entire Cebu north before returning to Cebu City,” Wenceslao said in a letter to the Philippine News Agency.

On Friday, Pacquiao will travel to Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu’s northern islands of Carnasa, Bantayan, Camotes, and Olango for a major rally in front of a mall at Pier 3.

In a phone conversation, John Delfino, another Pacquiao campaign worker, said the eight-division world champion received overwhelming support from Cebuanos when they made their initial rounds in the province’s 1st District.

“We are optimistic about Cebuano votes.” Senator Pacquiao’s father, Rosalio Pacquiao, is a Pinamungajan Cebuano, according to Delfino.

Meanwhile, Domagoso stated he had Visayan roots because his mother is from Samar and his father is from Antique during a town hall gathering with people at the sports gym in Barangay Mambaling.

“Kahit kami squatter, nakakaraos kami.” Despite our status as squatters, we manage to exist. “We will not give up,” Domagoso urged his supporters at the rally.

He informed those in attendance at his gathering that if they were tired of the squabbles between the two “opposing hues” throughout the campaign, he may be the greatest alternative.

Dr. Tricia Robredo, the Vice President’s second daughter, campaigned for her mother’s presidential bid at the Saac public market in Lapu-Lapu City.

People, especially those who arrived early for Robredo’s great rally at a university here, were given free “lugaw” (porridge) and “pandesal” (salted bread).

On April 21, the Vice President held mini-rallys on Bantayan Island, Bogo and Danao in northern Cebu, and a major rally in Mandaue City.

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