By Michelle R. Guillang | Daily Tribune
Presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos on Wednesday claimed it “feels good to be home” as he brought his team to Ilocos Norte, his bailiwick.
It was like a homecoming holiday for Bongbong and his vice-presidential tandem Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, who tagged 11 of their senatorial bets along.
The lack of public transportation in the area had them walking to the Ilocos Norte Sand Dunes in Suba, Paoay, however. The others arrived there in private cars, buses, and trucks.
Bongbong held his campaign rally in an area overlooking the Suba beach.
Thousands joined the event in the belief that Bongbong will continue the legacy of his father, the late Ferdinand Marcos Sr., in the province.
Police visibility in the area was high. Barangay watchmen were also present to provide security to the aspirants.
Prior to the huge event here, Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Joseph Marcos Manotoc — Bongbong’s nephew — assured the tandem of “solid” support, not just from the province but in the entire Ilocandia.
“We thank them, we welcome them and of course, we pledge our support to the BBM-Sara slate entirely and our province may not have a lot of voters but I’m sure our votes will be one,” Manotoc said in an ambush interview.
Bongbong and Sara arrived in Pagudpud ahead of the big rally. They stopped in Bangui, Burgos, and Pasuquin.
“This is what solid north is all about. The Marcos name has captured the Ilocano vote. Nothing is more formidable here and at the same time more loved by Filipinos in the region,” House Majority Leader and the tandem’s campaign manager Martin Romualdez said.
“Add to this equation the ‘Eagle of Mindanao’ in Mayor Inday Sara, who brings her proven track record as Davao chief executive and her father’s legacy of service. This team is unbeatable and all our fellow Filipinos need to do is to unite with them,” he added.
Bongbong vowed to make permanent the “Kadiwa” rolling stores in every barangay to ensure food security.
Strengthening the agriculture sector will result in job generation, increased production, and food supply security initiatives of the government, he also said.
Bongbong also bared plans to allocate additional funds to the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict to “usher peace, especially in far-flung areas of the country where the enemies of the state operate.”