Support for the Vice Presidential bid of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. in Mindanao continues to snowball.
This developed after two political kingpins in Agusan del Norte have endorsed the candidacy of Marcos before he capped the four-day sortie of his “Unity Caravan” in the South early Saturday.
In a gathering of over three hundred barangay chairmen and political officers in Butuan City, former 1st District of Agusan Del Norte Rep. Jose “Joboy” Aquino II declared his support for Marcos.
“Dito na tayo kay Bongbong Marcos!” said Aquino, who forged a deep friendship and alliance with Marcos during their stint as lawmakers in the House of Representatives.
Likewise, Aquino endorsed Marcos to the EGP (Experiencing God in the Family), a Catholic group to which he belongs. Aquino said that in the past, he has never endorsed any politician to EGP but he is making an exception this time for the Senator because he believes in him.
Agusan Del Norte 2nd District Rep. Erlpe John Amante, son of former Cong. Edelmiro Amante, and the entire slate of their local party Kusog Agusanon, also pledged their commitment to back the Vice Presidential bid of Marcos.
“If not for his father hindi magiging Assemblyman si Edel Amante,” he told over 160 barangay captains and other political leaders gathered in his house in Cabadbaran City.
“But I’m not merely repaying a debt of gratitude. I believe that among the Vice Presidential candidates, Sen. Bongbong Marcos is the best,” Amante stressed.
As he expressed his gratitude for the support of his allies in Mindanao, Marcos also gave his assurance that he will continue to champion the interest of local government units.
“I will always be the voice of local governments,” said Marcos as he reported his efforts in the Senate for LGUs, including the move to increase the Internal Revenue Allotment share of local governments and his Barangay Retirement Benefits Bill, which was approved recently in the Senate.
In addition, Marcos also exhorted the leaders of Agusan Del Norte to heed his call for national unity. He said that with the serious problems the country is facing today, it would need a united action of the entire nation to address them and enable the country to move forward to a better future for all of us.
Before his sortie in Agusan del Norte, Marcos also bagged the support of Cagayan De Oro 1st District Rep. Rolando “Klarex” Uy, Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano, and the Dimaporo clan of Lanao Del Norte.
Following his Mindanao sorties, Marcos is now in his family’s bailiwick in Leyte where he is fortifying the whole Eastern Visayas (Region 8) to support his vice presidential bid.