Lucena City, Quezon (CNN Philippines, December 1)– Presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. promised jobs for millions of young graduates that end up jobless.
Marcos and running mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte wooed potential voters in Quezon province. He lost in the province in the 2016 vice presidential election. Quezon voters also preferred a candidate other than President Rodrigo Duterte.
The duo was with former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who controls Lakas-CMD that recently took in the younger Duterte and endorsed her vice presidential bid.
Lakas-CMD signed a four-way alliance to form the “UniTeam” with Marcos’ Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, Duterte’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago, and former president Joseph “Erap” Estrada’s Partido ng Masang Pilipino.
In a chance interview, Arroyo explained her presence in the sortie.
“Because I brought the Lakas youth. The head of the Lakas youth is my granddaughter Mika,” she told CNN Philippines, referring to her eldest grandchild Mikaela Arroyo.
It was that same young audience, together with a few more youth groups from Quezon, that Marcos addressed Wednesday morning.
“Bawat taon nag-ga-graduate tayo ng higit isang milyon college graduates dito sa Pilipinas. Lahat ng 1.2 million na 'yan ay hahanapan natin ng trabaho,” Marcos told his youth audience gathered at a hotel in Lucena City, adding that the pandemic has worsened youth joblessness.
[Translation: Each year, we have over one million college graduates here in the Philippines. We will create jobs for all 1.2 million of them.]
Sara Duterte said her father sends Quezon voters his gratitude.
“Si Pangulong Duterte ay nagpapasalamat sa inyong suporta. Hindi man siya nanalo dito lalo na sa Quezon pero nung nakita niyo na siya na ang Pangulo ng Pilipinas ay ibinigay nyo agad ang inyong puso,” she told the audience.
[Translation: President Duterte is thanking you for your support. While he did not win here, particularly in Quezon, when you saw that he was already the president of the Philippines, you immediately gave your support.]
Quezon was among areas covered in Marcos’ protracted electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.