Vice Presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. is set to consolidate starting today the whole of Eastern Visayas for his Vice Presidential bid.
Concluding his four-day Unity Caravan in Mindanao where he got the support of local executives, including members of the Liberal Party, Marcos is scheduled to proceed to Leyte this afternoon to gather the different groups that support his candidacy.
Eastern Visayas is a known bailiwick of the Marcoses since it is the hometown of his mother, former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Romualdez Marcos.
The region consists of the provinces of Biliran, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Samar Leyte and Southern Leyte and the cities of Baybay, Borongan, Calbayog, Catbalogan, Maasin, Ormoc and Tacloban. Tacloban is the center.
It has more than 2.6 million registered voters.
Aside from bringing his Unity Caravan to Tacloban, Marcos will also go to the Samar provinces where local leaders are also anticipating his visit.
When Eastern Visayas was devastated by super typhoon Yolanda in November 2013, Marcos was one of the officials who extended help to the victims of the calamity. Their family brought a shipfull of relief goods to Leyte from Surigao as there was still congestion in the main port leading to Tacloban City at that moment.
Then, Marcos refused to engaged in finger-pointing on the apparent lack of preparation saying it was useless to engage in a blame game when many people are hungry.
“Could we have done better? Sure. Do we need to do more? Certainly. But this is not the time for all of these finger-pointing. This is the time to put our heads down together and help the people who are suffering," he was quoted as saying.
On his return, Marcos will not only get updates on the progress of the rehabilitation efforts but will consolidate local officials to further boost his vice presidential bid.
His cousins, Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez and Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez are expected to join him in the series of meetings around the region.