Former Quezon 3rd District Rep. Danilo Suarez and his family on Saturday declared their support for the Vice Presidential bid of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. as they rallied the vote-rich CALABARZON (Region IV-A) officials to back the Senator’s candidacy.
Data from the Commission on Elections indicate that CALABARZON is the region with the most number of voters with about 7.6 million registered voters followed by the National Capital Region with 6.3 million.
Speaking before the Convention of Barangay Chairmen of Region IV-A at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City, Suarez said that as a young leader he looked up to the Senator’s father, the late Pres. Ferdinand Marcos.
“Kaya sinabi ko noon basta’t may tumakbong Marcos nasa likod ang pamilya Suarez,” he said. Also present in the gathering to show their support were his son, Quezon Governor David Suarez, and his wife Aleta who is the incumbent representative of Quezon’s 3nd District.
Suarez lauded the concern of Bongbong for the welfare of local government units, particularly barangay officials. Suarez said he and Bongbong worked together for several years to press for the passage of a law that would give retirement benefits for barangay officials.
“Kung magkakaisa tayo, kaya nating maghalal ng Pangulo at ng Pangalawang Pangulo. Ipakita po natin ang boses ng CALABARZON,” Suarez told the Barangay Chairmen. Several incumbent Mayors from the region were also present in the event.
Marcos, for his part, thanked the Suarez family and the Barangay Chairmen of CALABARZON for supporting his candidacy, as he vowed to continue his work of promoting the interest of local government units, particularly of barangay workers.
The Barangay Chairmen welcomed with enthusiastic applause Marcos’ report on the approval on third reading in the Senate of the Barangay Retirement Benefits Bill.
Suarez also endorsed the Vice Presidential bid of Marcos in a private lunch-meeting with Mayors of Quezon province, with 32 out of the 39 incumbent Mayors present.
After the Quezon sortie of his “Unity Caravan”, Marcos proceeded to San Pablo City in Laguna where he met with former Laguna Governor E.R. Ejercito and several of incumbent Mayors and Mayoralty candidates in the province.
A huge number of San Pablo residents greeted Marcos when he arrived at the city hall plaza where he held a brief rally to seek their support and spread his call for national unity.
In all his campaign sorties, Marcos has been calling for national unity, stressing that Filipinos need to work together to enable the country to surmount all its problems and proceed towards a better and more progressive future.