Mandaluyong CITY (Metro Manila) Mayor Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. has endorsed the candidacy of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. for Vice President.
Abalos on Monday said Marcos, as chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, championed the cause of local government units. He cited the recently-approved barangay (village) benefits bill that the senator authored and sponsored.
“Siguro kung sya’y mahalal, hindi lamang iyan ang magagawa niya, marami pa [I think if he gets elected, he will do a lot more],” Abalos added.
“Kung nagtiwala kayo sa akin sa loob ng 20 taon, pagtiwalaan ninyo ako sa pagpili sa susunod na Vice President ng Pilipinas, walang iba kundi si Senator Bongbong Marcos [If you trusted me in the past 20 years, then trust me to choose the country’s next Vice President, Senator Bongbong Marcos,” the mayor said.
Marcos, who was the guest of honor and speaker at Mandaluyong City’s “Handog Pasasalamat,” thanked Abalos, city and village officials for their warm welcome as he also recognized the mayor’s exemplary leadership and good governance.
The senator said he pushed for the approval of barangay benefits bill to recognize the dedication and sacrifices of villlage officials and workers who continue to render service despite their meager allowances.
“Alam namin ang inyong sakripisyo [We know your sacrifices],” Marcos added as he noted that no government program can ever hope to succeed in the grassroots level without the cooperation of barangay officials and workers.
The approved measure, awaiting the signature of the President to become a full-pledged law, provides a retirement pay of P100,000 for each qualified barangay chairman, P80,000 for members of Sangguniang Barangay, and P50,000 each for the barangay treasurer and secretary, barangay tanod, member of the Lupon ng Tagapamayapa and barangay health and daycare workers.