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Daily Tribune : Bongbong, Sara meet Central Visayas mayors

News & Interviews
26 November 2021

By Michelle R. Guillang | Daily Tribune

Presidential aspirant and former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. and running mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Friday returned to Cebu, the country’s most vote-rich province, as an official tandem for the 2022 elections.

The two joined the 2022 Regional Planning of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines-Central Visayas (LMP-Central Visayas) in Cebu City where they met municipal mayors of Region 7, the Central Visayas region.

Marcos and Duterte-Carpio returned to the city after their last visit in October. During this time, the presidential daughter was determined to seek reelection as Davao City mayor next year while Marcos didn’t have a running mate.

Senatorial aspirant and former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, and House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez were also present at the conference.

In her speech, Duterte-Carpio recalled her visit to the province in July. She said this was the month when her supporters’ appeal for her to run for president became “intense,” with some holding simultaneous prayer vigils around the country.

It was in July when she bared her “openness” to run for president in 2022 after consulting with Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia at the Capitol.

At first, she disclosed, she did not have any option but to seek reelection until she was offered to become Marcos’ running mate.

Through this, the presidential daughter said she can meet her supporters “halfway.”

Duterte-Carpio also revealed she and her running mate were invited by LMP president and Narvacan, Ilocos Sur Mayor Luis Chavit Singson to participate in the event and speak with several local chief executives.

Here, Singson, a business tycoon, expressed his support to Marcos, branding him as the one destined to be the next Philippine president.

Meanwhile, Marcos talked about “unifying leadership” in his speech before the local chief executives.

“It is very important that we learn from our country’s history, all the crisis that we have faced. We were able to overcome all the issues. We have been reborn because we were united,” Marcos said.

Marcos Jr. is the son and namesake of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Sr., who was ousted through the People Power Revolution in 1986.