By Catherine S. Valente | The Manila Times
DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio expressed confidence that her running mate, presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., will win in Mindanao.
On Wed-nesday, the duo campaigned in the Davao Region, home to more than 3.2 million voters.
Speaking to reporters, Duterte-Carpio claimed that based on their surveys, Marcos got 70 percent to 80 percent voter preference in Mindanao.
The tandem of Marcos and Duterte-Carpio, dubbed as the BBM-Sara UniTeam, has consistently led pre-election surveys for their respective positions.
"We will try our best to deliver for Bongbong Marcos in Davao region and based on our survey, he is doing well and we can do more for him," Duterte-Carpio said in an ambush interview.
The Davao Region was the last on the tandem's agenda on Wednesday with rallies scheduled in Carmen, Davao del Norte; Pantukan in Davao de Oro; and in Davao del Sur.
The tandem first visited Davao del Norte, a province led by Gov. Edwin Juhabib, the secretary general of the Partido Reporma that once backed the presidential bid of Sen. Panfilo Lacson.
Asked how he intends to court Davao del Norte voters, Marcos told reporters, "The crowd understands the message very well; that is the most important part."
During the UniTeam rally in Carmen, Davao del Norte, the prominent clans of the Del Rosarios, Floirendos, Dujalis, Uys and Aalas merged to support the tandem.
Former Tagum City Councilor De Carlo "Oyo" Uy, from the well-known Uy family of the business and enterprise sector, said they do not have any other candidate for the country's two highest posts, saying they have given their "101 percent" support to the BBM-Sara tandem.
"Walang ibang makapapagpatuloy ng mga nasimulan ni President Duterte kundi sila lang (Only they can continue what President Rodrigo Duterte has started)," Uy said.
Davao del Norte Second District Rep. Alan "Aldu" Dujali said his constituents will deliver their all-out support to the UniTeam.
The tandem visited Davao de Oro led by Gov. Jayvee Tyron Uy who endorsed Marcos and Duterte-Carpio.
Davao de Oro officials declared that their province will go all out for Marcos and Duterte.
"We are confident that the BBM-Sara tandem will win big in our province," said Davao de Oro Rep. Manuel "Way Kurat" Zamora, the provincial chairman of Lakas-CMD.
Meanwhile, former Davao del Norte governor Anthony del Rosario, who now serves as the secretary-general of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago, is also confident that Marcos will win in the province.
Del Rosario and wife Aina are campaigning for the multisectoral Angat Pinoy party-list.
"BBM (Marcos) will still win as president," del Rosario told reporters during a chance interview.
"Basta kami BBM-Sara kami. Whatever happens, BBM-Sara kami. Hanggang matapos 'yung eleksyon, BBM-Sara kami (As far as we are concerned, we are for BBM-Sara. Whatever happens, we are for Bongbong-Sara even after the elections)," he added.
Marcos Jr. was also recently endorsed by the Nacionalista Party (NP).
He said he was happy with the support that he has been getting, because it proves that friends and allies are uniting ahead of the May 9 presidential race.
"I'm very happy every time na meron tayong nakukuhang suporta lalong-lalo na sa pinanggalingan naming partido na Nacionalista Party (I'm happy whenever we get an endorsement, especially from our original party, Nacionalista Party)," Marcos said during a chance interview.
"Mabuti 'yan at lahat ng kaibigan at lahat ng kaalyado ay ngayon mukhang nagsama-sama na. Maliwanag na ang patakbo sa kampanya at sa halalan (It's good that all our friends and allies are uniting. It makes our campaign clear)," he added.
Marcos thanked the Villar family — former senator Manuel "Manny" Villar, incumbent Sen. Cynthia Villar and Senate candidate Mark Villar— for their support for him and his running mate.
Manny, NP party president and chairman of the national directorate, announced on Tuesday his party's support for Marcos and Duterte-Carpio, citing their support for the tandem's message of unity.
"We believe that Bongbong and Inday Sara's message of unity is crucial in binding our country together and inspiring our people as we rebuild not only from the pandemic but also from the political chasm that divides us," Villar said.
Victor Rodriguez, Marcos' spokesman, said the party's endorsement will "surely serve as another insurance to the bandwagon of support for the UniTeam from political parties."
"Indeed, unity is what will hold our country together as we look ahead into the future of making us, Filipinos, world class citizens with nation building as our ultimate collective goal," Rodriguez said.