By Rey E. Requejo | Manila Standard
With less than a month before the May 9 elections, the candidacy of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. received another huge boost after One Cebu (1-CEBU), the biggest political party in Cebu province, on Tuesday officially endorsed his presidential bid.
“One Cebu Party has the honor of announcing its decision to endorse the presidential bid of former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr.,” read a portion of the official statement signed by the One Cebu President and Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia.
The party’s official announcement of support for Marcos came after its endorsement of the vice-presidential bid of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on February 16, 2022.
The province of Cebu is the most vote-rich province in the country with more than 3.28 million registered voters for the May 9, 2022, national elections.
According to One Cebu, the party’s endorsement of Marcos was agreed upon after weeks of deliberation among its members.
“The decision follows weeks of extensive consultation and discussion with provincial, municipal and barangay leaders in the 44 municipalities and 7 cities (including Mandaue City) of the Province of Cebu,” the party said.
“We considered the differing opinions of party leaders advocating the causes of different presidential candidates, and have determined that the unity and strength of One Cebu, its ability to serve its constituents in the Province of Cebu, and ultimately, the interests of Cebuanos are best served if we unite behind the leadership of BBM as President, and as we have earlier announced, Mayor Sara Duterte as Vice-President,” it added.