By Michelle R. Guillang | Daily Tribune
Amid his hectic campaign schedule, presidential frontrunner Bongbong Marcos still found the time to campaign for his son Sandro, who is running as a representative of the first district of Ilocos Norte.
On Friday, the first day of the campaign period for local candidates, Bongbong traveled to his hometown to join his eldest son for his proclamation rally held in front of the Ilocos Norte Capitol in Laoag City.
Earlier that day, the father and son ate in a popular eatery in the city called “Dawang’s”.
Bongbong, in a social media post, said his son was a “little nervous” about his speech.
This is the first that Sandro, 28, has taken a shot in politics and will run against reelectionist Ria Christina Fariñas, daughter of former congressman Rodolfo “Rudy” Fariñas.
Sandro graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a master’s degree in Development Studies.
He vowed to improve the hog-raising industry and support farmers, fisherfolks, and other livestock growers in Ilocos Norte.
The Fariñas family has reigned over the first district of Ilocos Norte for around 40 years, while the Marcoses ruled the second district.
Bongbong also campaigned for his nephew, incumbent Ilocos Norte governor Matthew Manotoc, the daughter of Senator Imee Marcos.
Rudy Fariñas, a veteran politician, is challenging the gubernatorial bid of Matthew, who was an athlete before he entered politics in 2016.
Meanwhile, Bongbong’s running mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio joined Manila mayoral candidate Manny Lopez and his running mate Raymond Bagatsing in Tondo, Manila.