The Manila Times : 3 North Metro mayors back Marcos-Duterte

8 March 2022

By Arlie O. Calalo | The Manila Times

THREE mayors of Northern Metro Manila supported the UniTeam tandem of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte-Carpio.

Mayors Oscar "Oca" Malapitan (Caloocan City), Rexlon "Rex" Gatchalian (Valenzuela City) and Tobias "Toby" Tiangco (Navotas City) led the motorcades and political rallies organized for the UniTeam in their respective turfs.

The UniTeam first held its motorcades last February 9 in Valenzuela City followed by the same activities in Caloocan City on February 19 and in Navotas last March 4.

Malabon City Mayor Antolin "Lenlen" Oreta 3rd is backing Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo in the presidential elections.

However, former Malabon City representative Ricky Sandoval and former vice mayor Jeannie Sandoval, who are respectively running for congressman and mayor of the city, are supporting the Marcos-Duterte tandem.

Outgoing Caloocan City Mayor Malapitan and his son, Rep. Dale "Along" Malapitan, have vowed to deliver votes for Marcos and Duterte-Carpio and their senatorial candidates.

"There is no denying here in Caloocan that most residents will vote for the BBM-Sara tandem for president and vice president come May 9 elections because they did not mind waiting for several hours on the streets just to see them and show their support for them," the younger Malapitan, who is running for mayor, said.

He added that the entire members of their local political party were supportive of the UniTeam.

On Friday, the Malapitans also led the blessing and opening of the UniTeam Caloocan Volunteers Headquarters in Barangay Camarin, which was attended by Duterte-Carpio and Speaker Lord Allan Velasco.

Gatchalian is confident that the city's votes will go to Marcos and Duterte-Carpio as indicated by the crowd support in the motorcades that passed through the city's secondary and major thoroughfares.

Gatchalian said he has become close with Duterte-Carpio, the outgoing mayor of Davao City, as their local governments have been partners, especially in extending assistance and support through various exchanges and programs to their constituents.

His elder brother, reelectionist Sen. Sherwin "Win" Gatchalian, is also one of the UniTeam's front-runners in the senatorial derby.

"From Sen. Win Gatchalian down to the incumbent city councilors are all-out for the BBM-Sara tandem in the coming May 9 elections. We believe they will be the best tandem to lead our country under the new administration," said the Valenzuela chief executive, who will run unopposed for the congressional post in the city's first district.

Their younger brother, incumbent Rep. Wes Gatchalian (First District), will try to succeed Rex at city hall. Gatchalian will be facing Antonio Bernardo in the mayoral election.

Tiangco and brother Rep. John Rey Tiangco, who will try to switch positions have also vowed to get the support of the local electorate for the BBM-Sara tandem.

"We will not promise as we are not used to making promises but we will do our best by actively campaigning for them (BBM-Sara) to ensure their victory in Navotas," the Tiangco brothers said.

Meanwhile, presidential aspirant and Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko" Moreno Domagoso has the support of incumbent lawmakers Malabon Rep. Jaye Lacson-Noel and Caloocan Rep. Edgar "Egay" Erice (Second District).

"Mayor Isko is a family and personal friend and I knew him well, that is why I believe he can be a great president if given a chance by the Filipino voters because he has good platforms of government and he will surely and really perform," said Lacson-Noel, who led some local officials and supporters when Moreno held a motorcade late last month.

Erice, who is pitted against the younger Malapitan in Caloocan's mayoral race, has vowed to get votes for Domagoso.

Erice said he has been loyal to the Liberal Party but decided to part ways to support the Manila mayor whom he believed is the best among the presidential hopefuls.

"He performs well as Manila mayor and we all witness how he does his job, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. For sure, he can do the same things if elected as the country's president," he said.