Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. today said he is deeply honored by the endorsement of former President Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada saying he epitomizes his advocacy for unity as he had united the Filipinos when he overwhelmingly won the presidency in 1998.
Estrada endorsed Marcos’ vice presidential bid in the former’s proclamation rally in Liwasang Bonifacio last Monday night.
Marcos, who was accompanied by his wife Atty. Liza Marcos and their two sons, Simon and Vincent, said Estrada has always represented unity in politics especially with the masses. “Kitang-kita sa record niya noong tumakbo bilang pangulo, isa sa pinakamataas, kung hindi man pinakamataas, na resulta na nakuha niya, pinag-isa po niya ang buong Pilipinas…sya po ang isang magandang halimbawa ng pagkakaisa. Mabuhay ang ating President-Mayor Erap Estrada,” he said.
The senator said he is deepy honored by Estrada’s endorsement. “Alam ninyo ngayon lang nangyari sa akin na ang nagpakilala sa atin ay isang President-Mayor, napakasikat naman ng proclamation na ito. Itinuturing kong isang napakalaking karangalan na makapagsalita at makibahagi dito sa proclamation rally,” he said.
He also endorsed Estrada’s candidacy as he expressed admiration for him for choosing to serve the people, especially the poor, although he was already a superstar in show business.
“Sa lahat ng kanyang paninilbihan ay kitang-kita po natin na ang kanyang laging inuuna ay ang mga mahihirap, ang masa. Kung mayroon pong kandidato, kung mayroon pong lingkod bayan na kilala na talagang makamasa at tumutulong at inuuna ang mahihirap, andiyan na po si Mayor Erap, siya na po ang magandang halimbawa,” he said.
Last Monday’s endorsement was the second endorsement of Estrada of Marcos’s vice presidential bid. The first one was when Estrada attended Marcos’ proclamation rally on October 10, 2015 in Intramuros, Manila.
Estrada said he has always believed that Marcos is destined for greatness. “Now, he (Marcos) is destined to be among the leaders of this country. He has proven his worth in more than two decades of public service and today he must be given the opportunity to serve in the executive branch, for the whole nation not just his province, and he will prove his worth as the next vice president of the Republic of the Philippines,” Estrada said.