Vice Presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. got another endorsement from local officials who crossed party lines to support him.
Re-electionist Calapan City Mayor Arnan Panaligan of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) ditched his party when he gave his endorsement to Marcos along with his Vice Mayoral bet Gil Ramirez and the rest of their Council slate.
Marcos was in Oriental Mindoro today bringing his United Caravan to Calapan City and other parts of the province.
The Senator also paid a courtesy call to Liberal Party (LP) stalwart Mindoro Oriental Governor Alfonso Umali Jr. who also gave an equally warm welcome. Umali received Marcos in his office where dozens of local officials and workers mobbed the aspiring Vice Presidential candidate like a rock star.
“Hindi naman pwedeng hindi pagbigyan si Bongbong,” Umali said in jest.
Umali is also the President of the Governors League of the Philippines.
Marcos mentioned that both their fathers were good friends and so it is with the two of them.
“Kami ni Gov. Umali ang mga second generation nang magkakaibigan,” Marcos said.
Accompanying Marcos was Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos who is a childhood friend of Calapan Mayor Panaligan.
Marcos then proceeded to join Vice Governor Humerlito Dolor at the People's Hall where he also received a rousing welcome.
It was here where Dolor presented to Marcos the “Gawad Tamaraw” award for his contribution to the improvement of public works in Oriental Mindoro.
Marcos is Chair of the Committee on Local Government.
Marcos also addressed the barangay officials informing them of the reforms for the local government which he proposed in the Senate such as the SK Reform Law, the Barangay Retirement Benefits Bill, the Barangay Elections Postponement Bill, among others.
“I hope that the next Administration will be more receptive to the proposals that will benefit local government and with your help and support, we will make it happen,” Marcos concluded.