Liberal Party lawmaker, Cagayan De Oro 1st District Rep. Rolando “Klarex” Uy has defied the party line of the Administration bloc as he endorsed the Vice Presidential bid of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr.
Speaking before hundreds of grassroots leaders and supporters at the Pearlmont Hotel in Cagayan De Oro City, Uy said he has been a good friend of the Senator since he was still Barangay Chairman of Brgy. Carmen in the said city.
Uy said he had worked closely with Marcos in the House of Representatives when he was first elected as Cagayan de Oro's 1st district representative which gave him a first-hand account of Marcos' work ethics and strong commitment to public service.
“We share a strong bond of friendship, we should make him our candidate. Let us support Senator Bongbong Marcos and vote for him,” Uy urged his local leaders and supporters who roared their agreement.
In turn, Marcos thanked Uy for his endorsement, saying his leadership is evident with the huge turnout of the people who attended the event and the warm and enthusiastic reception he received from them.
“Maybe a lot of people were surprised because he has not come out openly before as to the candidate he would endorse. But now we all know,” Marcos said.
The Senator said he is ready to take on the duties of a Vice President because of his 27 years of experience in both the Executive and Legislative departments of government, having served as Vice-Governor, Governor and Representative of Ilocos Norte up to his current position as Senator.
But Marcos emphasized that he is not only campaigning for his Vice Presidential bid. More importantly, he stressed, he is spreading his message for national unity, which, according to him, is essential to achieve the dream of a more progressive future for all Filipinos.
The “Unity Caravan” of Marcos has, since Wednesday, been going around Mindanao, starting in Gingoog City in Misamis Oriental and the municipalities of Initao and Tubod in the same province, where he invariably received warm receptions from political leaders and local residents.
Marcos concluded his Mindanao sortie with a visit to Butuan City today.