Local candidates of the ruling Liberal Party in Cordova and PDP-Laban bets in Lapu-Lapu City both in Cebu have bucked their respective party lines to rally behind the vice presidential candidacy of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr.
On its third day of barnstorming in the vote-rich province of Cebu, the “Unity Caravan” of Marcos rolled into Cordova where he met with local officials led by Mayor Adelino “Addy” Sitoy, a long-time friend and ally of the Marcos family. Also present were all the chairmen of the 13 barangays of Cordova and other barangay officials.
Mayor Sitoy said that while he and his fellow candidates ran under the banner of the LP, he asked permission to suspend his affiliation with the party because he is supporting Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for President.
“And also, I am not carrying (Leni) Robredo because my candidate for vice president was, and always be, Bongbong Marcos,” he said.
He recalled that during the 1986 snap elections, former President Ferdinand Marcos lost in many areas of opposition bailiwick Cebu province but won in Cordova. “And I am very proud of that,” he added.
Likewise, the entire slate of PDP-Laban candidates for Lapu-Lapu City led by mayoralty bet Rolando Patalinjug were present in the meeting and pledged their support for Marcos.
“The whole team of the Team Lando Patalinjug will support Senator Bongbong Marcos,” said Patalinjug. Mayor Sitoy said the Patalinjug clan was also long-time ally and supporter of the Marcos family.
Mayor Sitoy’s brother, Celedonio, who is running for the lone congressional district of Lapu-Lapu City also pledged his support for Marcos. “It is my pride and pleasure to inform everybody and Senator Bongbong that the entire slate of Partido Kusgano in Lapu-Lapu City is supporting him 100 percent. In fact that was already the decision before we decided to be part of PDP-Laban,” Sitoy said.
For his part, Sen. Marcos thanked the officials of Cordova and Lapu-Lapu for their whole-hearted support for his vice-presidential bid, especially Mayor Sitoy.
“And I can say, both from my own experience and as has been told to me by my parents, especially by my mother, that I cannot think of a closer friend and a more reliable ally than what we have here in Cordova,” Marcos said.
He said Mayor Sitoy’s accomplishment in 1986 is a sign of true leadership and of trust that people have in their leader.
As in all his campaign sorties, Marcos stressed that apart from seeking the support of local officials and residents for his vice presidential bid, he is also seeking support for his call for national unity which is crucial in attaining the dream of a more progressive future for all Filipinos.