By Jaime Pilapil | The Manila Times
Ilocos Norte: Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. vowed to put an end to political divisions that he said had hindered the full development of the country during a kick-off rally for his vice presidential bid on Tuesday here.
“Kaya dito ko sinisimulan ang aking kampanya dahil naipakita ng ating mga kababayang Ilokano ang pagkakaisa. Ang Solid North! Ito ang tumulong sa atin, ito ang nagpakita na maaaring magkaisa kaya hindi lamang dapat Solid North kundi dapat ang pagkakaisa natin ay sa ating buong sambayanan [The reason why I started my campaign here is that my fellow Ilocanos showed unity. Solid North! This helped us, this showed us that we can be united but it should not be limited to the Solid North, our unity should be nationwide],” Marcos told his supporters.
Batac is the birthplace of late former President Ferdinand Marcos, father of the vice presidential bet.
The younger Marcos said the country’s leaders should have one vision and a concrete plan to help the poor.
“Itong politics of division na kanya-kanya, na kampihan. Kung hindi ka namin kasama, kaaway ka namin. Ito ang dahilan kung bakit madami tayong problema ngayon sa kahirapan, trabaho, kalusugan at iba pa kaya dapat magkaisa tayo upang magagawa natin tulungan ang isa’t-isa [This politics of division, of taking sides, gave birth to the idea of if you’re not with us, you’re against us. This is the reason why we have problems on poverty and unemployment], ” he noted.
With Marcos was presidential candidate Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who had “adopted” him as her running mate.
It was the first time that the two were seen together in public.
At the Marcos State University, Santiago enumerated the qualities of a good leader–integrity, passion, initiative and vision–which she said are in the blood of Marcos.
Marcos, author of the law that created the National Youth Commission, said he and Santiago will bare their line-up of senatorial bets soon, many of whom are also “adopted.”