Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. today continued to strengthen his grip on the “Solid North” voting block as local officials of Isabela province led by Gov. Faustino “Bojie” Dy III went all out to support his vice presidential bid.
Dy personally welcomed Senator Marcos when he arrived at the Cauayan Airport early Tuesday. He was accompanied by Isabela Vice Governor Antonio “Tonypet” Albano and Rep. Napoleon Dy of the 3rd district of Isabela.
“Hindi po maikakaila na dito sa Isabela, ‘yang Magat dam, mga irigasyon, elektripikasyon, at mga kalsada ay nagsimula noong panahon ng dating Pangulo (Ferdinand Marcos Sr.) at alam ko na hanggang ngayon ay talagang susuportahan siya (Marcos Jr.) ng aking mga kababayan,” Dy said.
Dy also led the introduction of Sen. Marcos to hundreds of students of the isabela State University in Echague who attended this year’s Student Festival where the senator was the guest speaker.
“Isa lang ang ating prinsipyo at paninidigan. Ang kailangan nating tulungan ay yung nakatulong na at nagpakita ng pruweba kung gaano nya kamahal ang ating lalawigan ng Isabela. Siya na ang susunod ng Vice President ng Republika ng Pilipinas, Kgg. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos,” declared Dy.
In his speech, Marcos thanked the Dys and the whole of Isabela for their never-ending support. He likewise urged the youth to know all the candidates and decide based on their track record and their ability to unite the country rather than sow division and hatred.
“Kaya kayo na magiging botante ay tingnan naman ninyo kung sino ang mga kandidato na nais paghiwalayin tayo, pinag-aaway tayo, pinagkakawatak-watak ang ating lipunan. Tingnan ninyo ang mga kandidato na may track record at may pinakita na ang layunin ay pagkaisahin ang sambayanang Pilipino. Yan ang hangad ko na maalala ninyong lahat,” he said.
He then brought his Unity Caravan across Isabela and met with leaders of the four districts in Ilagan.
Isabela belongs to the “Solid North” composed of Region 1 or the Ilocos region (Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, and Ilocos Norte), Region 2 or the Cagayan Valley (Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, and Quirino), and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), composed of Abra, Kalinga, Apayao, Baguio, Benguet, Ifugao, and Mountain Province.
Sen. Marcos has already been assured of support of the leaders of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Abra and Pangasinan.