The Manila Times : 'Isabela is BBM-Sara territory'

15 February 2022

By Catherine S. Valente | The Manila Times

THE ruling Dy and Albano political clans in Isabela are now officially supporting former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. for president and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio for vice president in the May elections.

Duterte-Carpio, daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, on Tuesday visited the cities of Cauyan and Ilagan to woo the almost one million voters in the province.

Isabela Gov. Rodito Albano and Vice Gov. Faustino "Bojie" Dy 3rd, stalwarts of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), welcomed Duterte-Carpio during her "Mahalin Natin ang Pilipinas Ride" (MNPR) caravan.

Speaking to reporters, Albano said that Duterte-Carpio's active participation in the MNPR shows her genuine care for Filipinos from top to bottom of the archipelago.

"I can say that even before the campaign began, we in Isabela were already all-in for BBM-Sara UniTeam. Ngayon pa kaya na nakita namin ang sinseridad nila, especially Mayor Inday Sara (Now that we saw their sincerity, especially Mayor Inday Sara)" Albano said.

He also thanked Duterte-Carpio, chairman of Lakas–Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) party, "for her gesture of traveling all the way from the south up just to visit our humble province.

"This admirable act is neither lost on me, nor the voters from Isabela. Honestly, nobody would blame Mayor Inday Sara if she chose not to come here; she could have relied solely on the popularity up north of former senator Bongbong Marcos and still could have enjoyed a comfortable victory. But she is here with us today and we are delighted," Albano said.

In a separate interview, Dy promised to make the BBM-Sara tandem win in Isabela, which has an estimated voting population of one million.

"Mayor Inday Sara may have been born in the south, but Isabela is very much her territory, too. Isabela is BBM-Sara territory," Dy told reporters.

For his part, Isabela 1st District Rep. Antonio "Tonypet" Albano, chairman of Lakas-CMD in Region 2, said his family had always supported the Marcoses whenever they sought national posts.