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The Manila Times : More organizations support Marcos

News & Interviews
11 November 2021

By Bernadette E. Tamayo | The Manila Times

AT least 25 cause-oriented organizations have formed an alliance to support the candidacy of former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr.

The Progressive Alliance for BBM (Bongbong Marcos) recently visited Marcos' campaign headquarters in Mandaluyong City and submitted a manifesto to express its support.

The alliance represents various sectors such as overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), seafarers, barangay (village) youth, Christian churches, Marcos family loyalists and health care workers.

The group submitted to Marcos' wife, Louise Araneta-Marcos, a manifesto signifying its support to the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas standard bearer.

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"Believing in a unifying leadership, we, the leaders of the parallel groups and organizations, hereby coalesce and express our deep commitment and unwavering support to a true public servant, a forward-thinking leader and a genuine man for the people, Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr.," a portion of the manifesto read.

The former senator's camp on Wednesday said support for Marcos' candidacy grew "following his stellar performance in online and traditional presidential preference surveys."

In a survey conducted by The Manila Times from October 26 to November 2, Marcos cornered 68 percent of the votes.

"A far cry from the 10.8 percent obtained by his nearest competitor. Other presidentiables only registered single digits," Marcos' camp said in a statement.

Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo got 10.8 percent; Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso, 7.9 percent; Sen. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao, 7.2 percent; Sen. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson, 2.5 percent, and Sen. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa, 1.5 percent.

Some transport groups also endorsed Marcos' presidential bid, saying they believe in his plans for their sector and trusts him to implement them once he secures the people's mandate.