The Manila Times – Politicians from North back Marcos’ VP bid

By Thom Picana | The Manila Times

maniila timesPoliticians in the North are breaking party barriers in throwing support for Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s bid for the vice presidency in 2016.

“He is ‘Anak Ti Amianan’ (Son of the North),” said Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan, a member of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), on Friday.

Domogan, who leads the regional autonomy bid, has teamed up again with Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) member and former representative Bernardo Vergara, who is also supporting Marcos.

Vergara said he has endeared himself with the Marcos family.

Even Liberal Party Baguio chairman and incumbent Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr., who on Thursday met with their party’s Presidential and Vice Presidential bets former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo also showed his support.

Earlier, Aliping hinted that members of the 49-member Northern Alliance in the House of Representatives, a loose bloc of legislators and political leaders tracing their roots from the Northern provinces, expressed their support for Marcos even if their own political parties have their own vice presidential aspirants.

However, Ilocos Sur Rep. Eric Singson, a leader of the LP in the North, remains mum on their support for Marcos.

“I am elated with the support,” said Marcos.

Although Marcos admitted that the so-called “regionalistic voting inclination” dwindled and was lost after his late father’s fall in 1986, he vows to bring it back.

“Let us bring back the glory of the North into the national scene once again,” he said.

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