Manila Standard : Governors eye landslide win for Marcos

29 April 2022

By Rey E. Requejo | Manila Standard

The governors of vote-rich Cavite and Laguna provinces have assured presidential frontrunner former Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr., of landslide victory in the coming May 9, 2022 election.

Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla and Laguna Gov. Ramil Hernandez made the assurance during a meeting with Marcos and other provincial chief executives across the country at the BBM headquarters in Mandaluyong City on Thursday.

“Based on our projections he (Marcos) will get 1.2 million votes in Cavite. As per our latest survey dated April 24,” Remulla said.

He added that Marcos’ closest rival, Vice President Leni Robredo would only get about 400, 000 votes in his province.

“I’m 99 percent sure that will happen,” Remulla assured.

For his part, Hernandez revealed that Marcos will get at least 60 percent of the Laguna votes.

“By my calculation, he will get more or less 60 percent of the votes in Laguna. I have a regular survey of us, sometimes 57 percent, sometimes 60 sometimes 61 percent,” Hernandez noted.

Based on Commission on Elections (Comelec) records, Cebu was still the most vote-rich province with around 3.288 million registered voters.

Cavite, Pangasinan and Laguna still ranked second to fourth, while Region 4-A (Calabarzon) has the most number of voters among Philippine regions with 9.193 million voters in the 2022 elections.

Aside from Remulla and Hernandez, also present during the meeting were Governors Melchor Diclas, of Benguet; Dale Corvera, Agusan del Norte; Albert Raymond Garcia, Bataan; Roberto Uy, Zamboanga del Norte; Zaldy Villa, Siquijor; Rhodora Cadiao, Antique; Damian Mercado, Southern Leyte; Roel Degamo, Negros Oriental and Dax Cua, of Quirino.

The governors assured Marcos of overwhelming victory as they vowed to protect his votes in their respective provinces.

Cadiao said they would surprise Marcos in Antique in the upcoming elections.

“We will give him a surprise. I’m sure he will be very happy after the elections. It’s a gift from Antiqueños. We are waiting for change and I think this is it,” Cadiao said

“BBM will win I assure you that. Maybe at a minimum of 59 percent. I’m confident that BBM will win over us,” Degamo said.

Meanwhile, Gov. Uy of Zamboange del Norte belied reports that he is supporting the candidacy of Robredo after several photos surfaced that he was with the vice president.

“They always post the pictures of us priests and Leni in the plaza but don’t believe that because it’s an election today. We are 100 percent with BBM,” Gov. Hey insisted.

For his part, Gov. Mercado of Southern Leyte declared that their province is “Marcos country” even as his opponent in politics is supporting Marcos.

“Southern Leyte is BBM country and we can assure (him) of 90 percent of the votes, because BBM is also from Leyte. Even kalaban namin nag-support kay BBM,” Gov. Mercado noted.

After meeting with the governors, Marcos also huddled with local officials of Zamboanga del Norte and Surigao del Norte in separate meetings also at the BBM headquarters in Mandaluyong.