Political rivals in Ormoc City have found a common ground in the Vice Presidential race as they crossed party lines to express their support to their “kababayan”, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr.
The 2016 elections in the 4th district of Leyte which includes Ormoc City is a fight between two husband and wife teams, the Codilla couple and the Gomez couple.
But when Marcos brought his Unity Caravan to Ormoc City Sunday to consolidate in his family’s hometown of Leyte, both couples, in separate meetings, pledged their full support to the Senator.
Reelectionist Ormoc City Mayor Edward Codilla is running against actor Richard Gomez while Codilla’s wife, Violy, is running against Gomez’s wife, incumbent Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres Gomez.
During his courtesy call to Codilla, Marcos was openly endorsed by the incumbent Mayor saying he is crossing party lines for the Vice Presidency of Senator Marcos. Codilla is a member of the United People’s Coalition.
In a separate meeting with Gomez, who is a member of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, Marcos also got the former’s support saying he and his wife, who is a member of the ruling Liberal Party, have always been a supporter of the Senator.
Rep. Torres Gomez was, however, not present during the meeting as her flight back to Ormoc was delayed.
Marcos, for his part, said he was humbled by the endorsements acknowledging that it is a big boost to his campaign during the homestretch.
Meanwhile, the Liberal Party candidates in Maasin City, Leyte also pledged their support to Marcos during the “2nd Barangay Day Celebration 2016” held in the city last Sunday.
LP’s Gubernatorial candidate Damian Mercado, Congressional candidate Roger Mercado, Mayoralty candidate Lito Mercado, and Vice Mayoralty candidate Malone Samaco all referred to Marcos as the next Vice President. As a gesture of support, Rep. Mercado led members of his LP ticket in raising his hand.
Marcos then thanked the LP local candidates for their support and warm welcome saying they have shown the kind of unity he is espousing all throughout the campaign.
“Bukod sa ikinakampanya ko ang aking kandidatura para Bise Presidente, ikinakampanya ko rin ang kilusan para sa pagkakaisa ng sambayanang Pilipino upang sama-sama natin mapaganda ang buhay ng bawat Pilipino,” Marcos concluded.