The municipality of San Mateo in Rizal today confirmed that that the province is indeed "Marcos country."
This developed after vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" R. Marcos, Jr. received a rousing welcome from town officials, government employees and residents when his “Unity Caravan” rolled into the town Monday morning.
Marcos, who was the guest speaker in today's flag-ceremony at the municipal hall, was mobbed by municipal employees and town residents, eager to shake his hands or have a selfie with him.
He was met by Rep. Isidro “Jun” Rodriguez, Jr. (Rizal, 2nd district) and San Mateo Mayor Rafael Diaz.
Marcos thanked Diaz and the people of San Mateo for the enthusiastic reception they gave him. Marcos noted that Diaz was a member of the Kabataang Barangay (KB), the national youth organization established by his father, former Pres. Ferdinand Marcos. “It is really heart-warming,” he said.
Rodriguez, during his speech to welcome the senator, recalled his father saying that the province of Rizal delivered the biggest margin of vote for the senator's father when the latter first ran as President. "We will do the same thing for Senator Marcos," he vowed.
In response, the crowd chanted: "Marcos, Marcos, Marcos pa rin!"
To close the flag-raising rites, town officials and municipal hall employees raised their hands as one and prayed over Marcos to seek divine blessing for his vice presidential bid.
The warm reception given to Marcos was exemplified by retired teacher Josefina Magabo, PhD., who brought with her a picture of the Marcos family as well as two books authored by the late Pres. Marcos, for the senator to sign.
“I have been waiting for the opportunity to meet him (Sen. Marcos) for a long time. I’m glad that it finally happened today,” said Magabo who vowed to campaign for the senator’s VP bid to her family, neighbors and friends.
Marcos echoed in San Mateo the same message for national unity that he delivered in all other places he had visited in his campaign. He said this is the only way the country can move ahead towards a brighter future.
“With your help and your support we will be able to realize this vision for our country,” Marcos said.
It could be recalled that when Marcos visited the Rizal provincial capitol last month, the political kingpins of the province, led by the Ynares clan, declared their support for the senator’s vice presidential bid.
Rizal Vice Gov. Frisco San Juan, Jr. even assured the senator that “Rizalenos will forever be a Marcos country.”