By Ryan Ponce Pacpaco | Journal News Online
Romualdez: BBM-Sara landslide win sealed with One Cebu support
CEBU CITY – HOUSE Majority Leader and Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) President Martin G. Romualdez on Tuesday said the formal endorsements of One Cebu local party and four mayors of Cebu to Lakas-CMD vice presidential bet Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and her presidential tandem, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will help them seal a landslide victory in the coming elections.
Romualdez made the statement following the official endorsement and reiteration of support of majoriry of the province’s local chief executives under “One Cebu” to the candidacies of Marcos and Duterte.
“While we already expect that the UniTeam tandem will win in the upcoming presidential elections, the latest support that we got will further lead Marcos and Duterte to landslide victories,” Romualdez, who thanked the local chief executives for their support, said.
Romualdez said the endorsement of One Cebu of Marcos and Duterte, who have been leading consistently their rivals by wide margins in nationwide surveys, has cemented the pair’s paths to overwhelming victories, as he noted that Cebu has nearly three million registered voters.
“With their avowed help and support, we will have these votes,” he said.
As early as November last year, the mayors of Cebu had already assured Marcos and Duterte their support when the League of Municipalities of the Philippines held its regional planning conference in the province, which the two attended as guests.
“In behalf of all the 44 mayors of the province of Cebu… as well as my fellow mayors in the Visayas, for whom I am the national vice-president, we hereby express our unequivocal support to you, for your candidacy and we will do everything in our power to ensure an unequivocal victory in the coming elections,” LMP-Cebu Chapter President and Liloan Mayor Christina Frasco told Marcos at that time.
The endorsement of One Cebu of the UniTeam tandem followed the forging by the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP), Lakas-CMD, Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) and Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) of a four-party grand alliance to support Marcos and Duterte.
MAYOR DUTERTE THANKS ONE CEBU
Meanwhile, Duterte expressed great appreciation Tuesday to the leaders of the dominant One Cebu party for their continued support to her candidacy.
“Dako gyud kaayo ang akong pasalamat sa mga lider sa tibuok probinsya sa Cebu nga nagpakita og ilang walay paglubad nga kompyansa kanako isip kandidato pagkabise presidente,” Duterte told One Cebu officials here led by party chairperson and Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia.
Moreover, the lady mayor called it a “positive result of her personal calling” that One Cebu is now also backing the presidential candidacy of Marcos.
Mayor Duterte and Marcos comprise the UniTeam. They are consistent frontrunners in surveys for vice president and president, respectively.
“Ang pakighiusa sa One Cebu sa UniTeam ni Bongbong Marcos ug Sara Duterte ang usa sa mga positibong timailhan nga akong personal nga hawiran sugod karon hangtod didto sa atong pangandoy nga kadaugan — nga magmalampuson kita sa atong mga pangandoy alang sa mga Pilipino ug sa atong pinangga nga nasud,” she said.
Mayor Duterte, who chairs the Lakas-CMD, says nothing is impossible if there is unity.
She further thanked One Cebu for the love and support that it has shown UniTeam.