The Manila Times : Garcia-led One Cebu backs Marcos for president

12 April 2022

By Catherine S. Valente | The Manila Times

THE dominant local political party in the most vote-rich province of Cebu is endorsing presidential frontrunner Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. in the upcoming May elections, Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia said on Tuesday.

Garcia made the announcement shortly before its general assembly on Tuesday in Cebu City where Marcos and his running mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio are expected to attend.

"One Cebu Party has the honor of announcing its decision to endorse the presidential bid of former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr.," Garcia said in a statement.

Garcia, who is party president, said the decision to endorse Marcos "follows weeks of extensive consultations and discussions with provincial, municipal and barangay leaders" across the province.

"We considered the differing opinions of party leaders advocating the causes of different presidential candidates, and have determined that the unity and strength of One Cebu, its ability to serve its constituents in the Province of Cebu, and ultimately, the interests of the Cebuanos are best served if we unite behind the leadership of BBM as president and, as we have earlier announced, Mayor Sara Duterte as vice president," she said.

The party will give its formal endorsement at a One Cebu General Assembly on Tuesday afternoon, Garcia added.

Cebu is the most vote-rich province in the Philippines, with 3,288,778 registered voters.