The mayors of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) are backing the candidacies of presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos and his running mate Sara Duterte-Carpio, its president Luis “Chavit” Singson claimed.
Singson — the mayor of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur — said out of the 1,480 LMP mayor-members, around 80 percent supports the tandem, which translates to about 1,200 local chief executives.
He made the claim during the LMP’s general assembly 2022 at the Marriot Hotel Grand Ballroom at the Resorts World Manila in Pasay City on 1 March, in which Bongbong and Sara served as guest speakers.
“I listened to them (LMP mayors). I just follow the majority and the majority is supporting Bongbong Marcos and Sara,” Singson told reporters on the sidelines of the five-hour event.
“Even the surveys, whatever surveys you look at, they are the top choices, they are getting more than 50 percent. This is the first time that I’m seeing volunteers doing the campaign. That’s extraordinary,” he added.
So astonished was Singson of the ground support for the tandem that he predicted that the May 2022 elections may produce a “majority president” for the first time via a plurality of votes.
“He will be the first majority president. Ever since we don’t have a majority president. For example, President Duterte was a strong candidate but he only got 16 million votes even if there were 25 million voters,” Singson claimed.
Singson, however, did not explain how he came up with the estimate. There were more than 54 million registered Filipino voters in 2016 when Duterte won the presidency, not 25 million as Singson claimed.