The Manila Times : Mayors back UniTeam

3 March 2022

By Catherine S. Valente | The Manila Times

NARVACAN Ilocos Sur Mayor Luis "Chavit" Singson Sr. said on Wednesday that majority of the members of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) support the tandem of presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and his running mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

Singson, president of the LMP, said that out of the 1,480 LMP members, around 80 percent or short of 1,200 mayors, support the UniTeam.

"Sila ang pinapakinggan ko (I listen to them [LMP mayors]). I just follow the majority, and the majority of them are supporting BBM," Singson told reporters during a chance interview on the sidelines of an event of the LMP where Marcos and Duterte-Carpio were guests.

"Ako wala akong pinipilit--sumusunod lang ako sa majority (I'm not forcing anyone; I'm just following the majority). Yes, majority of the mayors are [for] BBM-Sara," he added.

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This came ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte's visit to Narvacan, Ilocos Sur on Friday, March 4, upon Singson's invitation to see their newly opened market.

Singson said he will not use the event to lobby the President to endorse Marcos.

"Hindi 'yun ang agenda namin (That is not our agenda)," he said.

Besides, Singson said surveys showed Marcos leading other candidates at more than 50 percent.

The tandem, dubbed as the BBM-Sara UniTeam, has consistently led pre-election surveys.

Marcos Jr. and Duterte-Carpio topped the National Election Tracker Survey of Publicus Asia conducted on February 11 to 16.

Fifty-two percent of the survey respondents picked Marcos, giving him a 30 percentage points lead over Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo.

The duo also led the OCTA Research's February survey.

Marcos was the choice for president of 55 percent of the respondents. He dominated all subnational regions — 65 percent in Mindanao, 56 percent in Balance Luzon, 47 percent in the Visayas and 46 percent in the National Capital Region Marcos also ruled the socioeconomic classes, with 58 percent in the ABC group, 54 percent in the D and 55 percent in the E group.

Trailing him were Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo at 15 percent, Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso (11 percent), Sen. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao (10 percent) and Sen. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson (3 percent).

Meanwhile, Duterte-Carpio was the preferred vice presidential candidate of 43 percent of the respondents, 7 percent lower than last December's rating.

She was followed by Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto 3rd (33 percent), Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan (10 percent), Dr. Willie Ong (7 percent) and Buhay party-list Rep. Jose "Lito" Atienza (1 percent).

As part of its Covid-19 pandemic recovery plan, the UniTeam pledged to revive the agriculture sector and continue President Rodrigo Duterte's Build, Build, Build infrastructure program to generate jobs and jumpstart the economy.