Crossing party lines, the Bohol United Opposition (BUO) is throwing their support behind the vice presidential bid of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. pledging to push for his candidacy as one solid group.
BUO is a coalition of local leaders of the province from various political groups that have banded together to go against the ruling Liberal Party.
Led by Bohol 2nd District Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado and Bien Unido town mayor Nino Rey Boniel, incumbent mayors and mayoralty candidates from 47 municipalities and the capital city of Tagbilaran pledged their support to Marcos during their lunch-meeting at the Shang Palace Restaurant in Tagbilaran on Thursday
“We are united behind you,” Aumentado told Marcos.
Thanking the group, Marcos said what the opposition group in Bohol has managed to do is the same thing he has been pushing for in his campaign - unity.
“And that is why I am very appreciative of your coming here today. I know that some of you have crossed the party national lines to be with us today and to offer your support for my candidacy for vice president, so thank you very much,” said Marcos.
Marcos said the political development in Bohol mirrors the realignment of political forces in other areas he has visited in the campaign, where groups from different political camps have thrown their support for his vice presidential bid.
The senator has attributed the snowballing of support for his candidacy to his message of national unity and propelled him to take the solo lead in the recent surveys on the vice presidential race.
Meanwhile, before the Shang Palace meeting Marcos also paid a courtesy call on Bohol Vice Governor Concepcion Lim, a member of LP, in her home at Valencia town.
Marcos said the vice-governor used to be the provincial coordinator of the so-called “Blue Ladies” or the close friends of his mother.
Asked by the local media if this means the vice governor would endorse his candidacy too, Marcos said: “It means that I went to visit an old friend.”