The Manila Times : BBM-Sara tandem gets backing of local execs from Solid North

18 February 2022

By Catherine S. Valente | The Manila Times

LA UNION Gov. Emmanuel "Pacoy" Ortega 3rd on Friday joined other local officials from the Solid North in declaring their support for the tandem of presidential aspirant Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and his running mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in the upcoming national elections.

Ortega, a member of the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC), declared his support for the UniTeam candidates during Duterte-Carpio's courtesy call at the provincial capitol in San Fernando, La Union on Friday.

"I am endorsing the candidacy of Mayor Sara for vice president. I believe in her capacity, siya ay mayor ng Davao City for a long time," Ortega said during a chance interview.

"Naipakita niya ang kanyang skills and capacity as an administrator, and I believe she can expand her horizon hindi lang sa Davao kundi sa buong bansa (She has shown her skills and capacity as an administrator and I believe she can expand her horizon not only in Davao but in the whole country)," he added.

Ortega said it goes without saying that Marcos is loved by Ilocanos.

"Kaming mga Ilokano, our affinity with fellow Ilocanos is innate. Marami na akong nakausap dito sa amin, ang feeling ko landslide win ang BBM-Sara dito sa La Union (We Ilocanos, our affinity with fellow Ilocanos is innate. I have talked to a lot of people here and my feeling is a landslide win for BBM-Sara here in La Union)," he said.

Aside from the governor, La Union First District Rep. Pablo Ortega, Board Member Paolo Ortega, San Juan Vice Mayor Mannix Ortega, also NPC members, also meet Duterte-Carpio to express their support for the BBM-Sara tandem.

Marcos and Duterte came from nearby Ilocos Sur on Thursday, where local officials led by Narvacan Mayor Luis "Chavit" Singson and Gov. Ryan Luis Singson also expressed their all-out support for them.

Isabela Gov. Rodolfo "Rodito" Albano 3rd, Cagayan Gov. Manuel Mamba, and Ilocos Norte Gov. Matthew Joseph Marcos-Manotoc have declared their support for Marcos and Duterte-Carpio.