Opposing political leaders in Abra found a common ground when they decided to set aside their political differences and conflicting agenda by supporting the candidacy of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr., who is running for vice president.
Continuing his campaign that centers on national unity in the so-called Solid North, Marcos visited Bangued, Abra to meet and hold a dialogue with local political leaders and heads of various peoples organizations.
Election in Abra is oftentimes hotly-contested and bloody between various political camps and many incidents of poll-related violence have been recorded in the province in the past few elections. It has been consistently been considered an election hotspot by the Commission of Elections.
But political leaders, including from the clashing Valera and Bersamin families, agreed to come together at the Bangued Gymnasium to meet Marcos and express their full support. Provincial Board Member Brix Bachiller who acted as master of ceremonies told Marcos that local leaders coming from different political affiliations were eagerly awaiting for him to show their support for his candidacy.
“Kasama rin po ang mga kandidato sa pagka-mayor, vice mayor at ibang posisyon galing sa magkakaibang panig. Kinalimutan po namin ang pulitika makita lang si Bongbong Marcos,” he said.
Buoyed by the show of support, Marcos expressed confidence that his campaign is gathering momentum to make the “Solid North” the bedrock of his advocacy for national unity.
“Talagang napakainit ng pagsalubong at syempre nakakatuwa makita na mukhang mabubuo ulit ang Solid North at dito mag-start ang pagkakaisa,” said Marcos in an ambush interview by local and national media.
“Natutuwa ako na nakarating kami dito at nakasama natin lahat ng iba’t-ibang kandidato. At ang magandang development dito ang magkabilang panig sa politika ay sumasama kaya very encouraging ang naging bisita dito sa Bangued,” he added.
In his message Marcos noted that since 1986 the Solid North has remained relatively dormant and had only showed signs of its latent force when Ilocanos backed his candidacy for the Senate in 2016.
Marcos said its time the Solid North once again display the unity the Ilocano people are known for and show to the entire country what a united people can do, particularly in achieving the vision of a brighter future for all Filipinos.
The Abra visit capped a two-day stump of three provinces in the North that began Tuesday when Marcos and running presidential mate Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago kicked off their campaign in Ilocos Norte and immediately followed by a sortie in Ilocos Sur.