Leaders of the National Unity Party (NUP) in the fourth district of Cebu, who are also members of the One Cebu party, today formally endorsed the vice presidential bid of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr.
In a gathering of NUP-One Cebu leaders and supporters at the municipality of Bantayan, Cebu 4th District Rep. Benhur Salimbangon said leaders of NUP-One Cebu in his district were unanimous in their support for Marcos.
“Who is our vice president?” Salimbangon asked the audience, estimated at around 2,000-strong, gathered at the Bantayan Multi-Purpose Center. The crowd replied: “Bongbong Marcos.”
It was the second time in the campaign that Marcos had visited the vote-rich province upon the invitation of Salimbangon.
Bantayan Mayor Ian Escario, the host of the event, said his family has long been supporters of the Marcos family. “I am the third-generation of Escarios. My grandparents and my parents have been loyal Marcos supporters. I told our people that if they still trust me, we should all unite to support Senator Bongbong Marcos for vice president,” said Escario.
Also present in the gathering to show their support for Marcos were Romeo Villaceran and former Vice Mayor Dory Cabrera, NUP-One Cebu mayoralty bets for the towns of Madridejos and Sta. Fe, respectively, the two other municipalities in the scenic Bantayan Island.
Marcos expressed gratitude for the warm welcome that the people of Bantayan gave him, similar to what they did when he last visited the town in the 2010 elections.
“I am happy that I’m able to go back here and be with all of you again,” said Marcos. He also confirmed the long history of the alliance of the Marcoses and Escarios dating back when his father was first elected as President.
In seeking their support for his vice presidential bid, Marcos noted that he is ready to take on the responsibilities of the position because of his lengthy experience in both the executive and legislative department of government.
Likewise, Marcos echoed his campaign for national unity, saying this is the only way that the country can move forward to a more progressive future.
Last week, Marcos said he is hoping to clinch the endorsement of the One Cebu Party, led by the influential Garcia clan, saying he has long been in talks with the party even before it cut its ties with the camp of presidential candidate, Vice President Jejomar Binay.
Other political leaders in the province Cebu had pledged their support for the vice presidential bid of Marcos, including local candidates of PDP-Laban and the ruling Liberal Party in the municipality of Cordova and Lapu-lapu City.