Daily Tribune : BBM gets La Union’s support

27 February 2022

By Gab Humilde Villegas | Daily Tribune

La Union Governor Francisco Emmanuel Ortega III said the province will back presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos and his full slate, describing him as a “figure of togetherness” who will lead the country’s recovery from the pandemic.

Ortega made the announcement in front of a large crowd on Friday night.

“His aspiration is true unity and development of the entire Philippines. He holds the dreams and aspirations of every Filipino that he will carry and fulfill in the future,” Ortega said.

“Because of this, he gained the support, trust, and love (of the people) not only here in our region, but in all parts of the country,” he said before introducing Bongbong to his constituents.

The governor pledged La Union’s unwavering support for Bongbongs’ UniTeam that includes running mate, vice presidential candidate Inday Sara Duterte.

“For a stronger La Union, for a stronger Region 1, for a stronger Philippines, the idol of the whole of Ilocandia is here. The reason why the solid north is so alive. The only and worthy next president of the Republic of the Philippines, Bongbong Marcos,” the governor said.

Ortega explained that despite the negative press, La Union is going all-in for BBM because of his unifying message.

“In the midst of it all, he never wavered. But it is rising even more. Our beloved is rising even more as a symbol of unity and development,” Ortega added.

During their one-day campaign sortie in La Union, Bongbong and his UniTeam were overwhelmed by the kind response from the people of the region, he said.

“I can only recover this by serving the people, by serving you, serving every Filipino citizen, and serving the Republic of the Philippines,” Bongbong said in his speech.

The presidential candidate also spelled out his plan, which included his top priorities for recovering from the pandemic.

He especially cited support for micro, small and medium enterprises, healthcare, agriculture, tourism, energy, infrastructure, digital infrastructure, and other programs that will create jobs for Filipinos.

“We have a lot to do to say that we have recovered from the economic crisis,” Marcos stressed.

Marcos maintained, however, that we cannot achieve this recovery without the solidarity of the entire country’s people.

“We know that no matter how good, no matter how hardworking and no matter how sincere the love for the Philippines if he is just a man (there is nothing he can do),” Marcos noted.

“What we need is for us to come together, to unite all the talent, all the diligence, all the common sense, and all the abilities of the entire Filipino audience. So that we can face all the challenges that history will bring to our country, the Philippines,” Marcos said.

Marcos and Duterte also vowed to pursue legislative and policy reforms in the country that will bring ease of doing business as part of their economic recovery plan.