BBM presidential bid receives major boost with One Cebu’s endorsement

12 April 2022

WITH less than a month before the May 9 elections, the candidacy of frontrunner Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos, Jr. received another huge boost after One Cebu (1-CEBU), the biggest political party in Cebu province on Tuesday officially endorsed his presidential bid in the upcoming national polls.

"One Cebu Party has the honor of announcing its decision to endorse the presidential bid of former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr," read a portion of the official statement signed by the One Cebu President and Cebu Governor Gwendolyn F. Garcia.

The party's official announcement of support for Marcos comes after its endorsement of the vice-presidential bid of Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte last February 16, 2022.

The province of Cebu is the most vote-rich province in the country with more than 3.2 million registered voters for the May 9, 2022, national elections.

According to One Cebu, the party's endorsement of Marcos underwent weeks of deliberation among its members that spanned the entire province.

"The decision follows weeks of extensive consultation and discussion with provincial, municipal and barangay leaders in the 44 municipalities and 7 cities (including Mandaue City) of the Province of Cebu," another portion of the official statement read.

Following a battery of consultation meetings with party leaders and the constituents, the party determined that supporting the UniTeam bets would best serve the welfare of Cebuanos.

"We considered the differing opinions of party leaders advocating the causes of different presidential candidates, and have determined that the unity and strength of One Cebu, its ability to serve its constituents in the Province of Cebu, and ultimately, the interests of Cebuanos are best served if we unite behind the leadership of BBM as President, and as we have earlier announced, Mayor Sara Duterte as Vice-President," a portion of the statement read.

The One Cebu statement also revealed that a formal ceremony to announce the endorsement will be done during the General Assembly of the party at Sky Hall, SM Seaside City in Cebu City.

Political strategists and analysts believe that with this endorsement, the BBM-Sara UniTeam has significantly increased its chances of winning in the May 9, 2022 polls. 

One Cebu's endorsement combined with his consistent top performance in all major pre-election surveys, Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) standard-bearer Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos, Jr. is on the brink of being elected as the first majority president in a multi-party system.

According to initial and unofficial exit polls conducted during the first day of Overseas Absentee Voting, Marcos is winning via landslide in some of the most vote-rich areas outside of the country.

Prior to One Cebu's endorsement, the UniTeam duo had also been endorsed by Barug Alang sa Kauswagan ug Demokrasya (BAKUD) last January 2022.

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MAIMPLUWENSYANG ONE CEBU IBINIGAY ANG SUPORTA KAY BBM

HALOS tatlong linggo na lamang bago ang halalan sa Mayo 9, pormal nang inindorso ng pinakamalaking political party sa Cebu province na One Cebu (1-Cebu) ang kandidatura ni presidential frontrunner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. nitong Martes ng hapon.

"One Cebu Party has the honor of announcing its decision to endorse the presidential bid of former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr," ayon sa opisyal na pahayag ng One Cebu na nilagdaan ng kanilang pangulo na si Cebu Governor Gwendolyn F. Garcia.

Ang pag-endorso ng One-Cebu kay Marcos ay ilang linggo lamang matapos nilang i-endorso si vice presidential frontrunner Inday Sara Duterte nitong Pebrero 16.

Sinasabing ang Cebu ay itinuturing na may pinakamaraming botante o “vote-rich” na probinsya sa bansa na mayroong 3.2 milyong naka-rehistrong botante.

Ayon sa pahayag, ang pag-endorso kay Marcos ay matapos ang ilang linggo deliberasyon sa kanilang mga myembro sa buong probinsya.

"The decision follows weeks of extensive consultation and discussion with provincial, municipal and barangay leaders in the 44 municipalities and 7 cities (including Mandaue City) of the Province of Cebu," ayon sa pahayag ng partido.

Iginiit pa ng One Cebu na sigurado sila na ang pag-suporta sa BBM-Sara UniTeam ay tiyak na makatutulong sa mga Cebuano.

"We considered the differing opinions of party leaders advocating the causes of different presidential candidates, and have determined that the unity and strength of One Cebu, its ability to serve its constituents in the Province of Cebu, and ultimately, the interests of Cebuanos are best served if we unite behind the leadership of BBM as President, and as we have earlier announced, Mayor Sara Duterte as Vice-President," dagdag pa ng pahayag ng One Cebu.

Pormal na isinagawa ang pag-anunsyo sa pag-endorso nila kay Marcos sa kanilang General Assembly sa Sky Hall ng SM Seaside City sa Cebu City.

Naniniwala ang ilang mga eksperto sa pulitika na ang endorsement ng One Cebu ay higit pang nagpalakas sa kandidatura ni BBM na kasalukuyang nangunguna rin sa lahat ng pre-poll surveys ng mga pinakarespetadong mga polling firms sa bansa tulad ng SWS, Pulse Asia , OCTA , Publicus, Laylo Research at marami pang iba.

Naniniwala rin ang maraming political analysts na maliban sa pag-endorso ng pinakamalaking political party sa bansa at patuloy na pamamayagpag ni Marcos sa lahat ng survey, halos nakatitiyak na ang panalo nito.

Ayon sa inisyal at unofficial na exit polls sa unang araw ng Overseas Absentee Voting, sinasabing landslide ang pagkapanalo ni Marcos sa mga vote-rich na bansa kung saan marami ang Pinoy na nagta-trabaho tulad ng Hongkong, UAE , Qatar at iba pa.

Bago ang One Cebu, nauna nang inindorso ng Barug Alang sa Kauswagan ug Demokrasya (BAKUD) ang BBM-Sara UniTeam nitong Enero 2022.

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