By Jaime Pilapil | The Manila Times
After a brief audience with Archbishop Jose Palma on Sunday morning, vice presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. met with more local officials on the fourth day of his sortie in the province.
The Ilocano senator met the barangay (village) officials of Consolacion town before proceeding to Liloan for a meeting with Mayor Duke Frasco and his barangay leaders.
In Danao, he met with Mayor Nito Durano and Rep. Red Durano.
On Saturday, Marcos was welcomed warmly by local officials of Lapu-Lapu City and Cordova town.
Local candidates of the ruling Liberal Party in Cordova and PDP-Laban bets in Lapu-Lapu City have crossed party lines to rally behind the senator.
On its third day of barnstorming in the vote-rich province of Cebu, the “Unity Caravan” of Marcos rolled into Cordova.
Mayor Adelino Sitoy, a long-time friend and ally of the Marcos family, introduced his 13 barangay chairmen.
Sitoy said while he and his fellow candidates ran under the banner of the LP, he asked permission to suspend his affiliation with the party because he is supporting Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for President.
“And also, I am not carrying [Leni] Robredo because my candidate for Vice President was, and[will] always be, Bongbong Marcos,” he added.
He recalled that during the 1986 snap elections, then-President Ferdinand Marcos lost in many areas of opposition bailiwick Cebu province but won in Cordova. “And I am very proud of that.”
The entire slate of PDP-Laban candidates for Lapu-Lapu City led by mayoralty bet Rolando Patalinjug was present in the meeting and pledged their support for Marcos.
“The whole team of the Team Lando Patalinghug will support Senator Bongbong Marcos,” Patalinjug said.
Sitoy said the Patalinjug clan was also long-time ally and supporter of the Marcos family.
His brother, Celedonio, who is running for the lone congressional district of Lapu-Lapu City, also pledged his support for Marcos.
“It is my pride and pleasure to inform everybody and Senator Bongbong that the entire slate of Partido Kusgano in Lapu-Lapu City is supporting him 100 percent. In fact that was already the decision before we decided to be part of PDP-Laban,” Sitoy said.
“And I can say, both from my own experience and as has been told to me by my parents, especially by my mother, that I cannot think of a closer friend and a more reliable ally than what we have here in Cordova,” Marcos said.
He added that Sitoy’s accomplishment in 1986 is a sign of true leadership and of trust that people have in their leader.