Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. got a ‘rock star’ treatment come from the women of Davao Del Norte when he dropped by at their gathering in RDR Gym at the provincial capitol grounds for the celebration of Women’s month.
As he went around to greet them a rushing mob of women converged towards Marcos, some even shrieking, as they attempted to shake his hand or have a selfie with him. Some even kissed and hugged him.
Incidentally the guest of honor and speaker at that gathering was Liberal Party’s bet for vice president, Leni Robredo. It was learned that Robredo, who had delivered her speech earlier, had left for Compostela Valley when Marcos arrived at the women’s gathering.
As part of his “Unity Caravan” in Mindanao Marcos went to the provincial capitol in Tagum City to pay a courtesy call to Governor Rodolfo Del Rosario but arrived earlier than expected so former congressman Antonio “Tony Boy” Floirendo and Davao Del Norte 2nd District Rep. Antonio Lagdameo brought him to the women’s gathering.
“I was overwhelmed by the warm reception you have given me. In fact I thought I would lose my shirt,” said Marcos, as he thanked them for giving him the opportunity to join them in their celebration.
He paid tribute to the important contribution of women in society, particularly in the family.
“In Ilocos Norte, and I think in all other areas of the Philippines, it would seem that it’s the men who are playing a dominant role. But we all know who actually takes care of the family, who manages the household—it’s the women,” said Marcos.
Marcos then proceeded to meet Gov. Del Rosario but after a brief chat the latter asked the senator to say hello to capitol employees who are having their seminar in another building in the capitol complex.
Del Rosario told the employees that had it not been for former President Ferdinand Marcos, he would not be in his position today.
“I owe a lot to the father of our senator, Bongbong Marcos,” Del Rosario said, noting it was then Pres. Marcos who encouraged him to run for a political office in 1978 and appointed him in 1984 to be a member of the Cabinet as Minister of Natural Resources.
“That is why I consider it a privilege to introduce to you all the son of my former boss. With your help and support, we may soon see him as the new Vice President of our country,” he added.
After going around Davao Del Norte Marcos proceeded to Compostela Valley, where he also paid a courtesy call to Governor Arturo T. "Chiongkee" Uy.
Marcos has been receiving a groundswell of support from local political leaders and residents of Mindanao after bringing to Mindanao his “Unity Caravan” this week, going through various places including General Santos City, the provinces of South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Davao del Norte and Davao City.