Cebu City: The biggest group of Ilocanos outside the Ilocos region congregated in this city to campaign for the vice presidential bid of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
About 2,000 Ilocanos hosted a dinner for Marcos here, said Manuel Arellano, president of Timpuyog Ken Saranay Ilocano Association of Cebu.
Arellano, a native of Mangatarem, Pangasinan, who has been residing here for many years, said Ilocanos in the vote-rich province have volunteered to help Marcos because of their personal affiliation and their belief in his competency and integrity.
“We have long been excited for Bongbong Marcos’ candidacy for vice president because we believe that he is the most qualified and all of us have volunteered to help him win in Cebu,” Arellano said.
On Friday, the second day of Marcos’ Unity Caravan in Cebu City, the senator went around different barangays visiting public halls and public markets to reach out to voters.
Maria Mison, a native of Mandaue City and a notary public office staff, said the young Marcos has always been her “idol” because she believes that he can solve some of the country’s problems, especially poverty.
“During the time of his father, we did not have difficulty surviving. But now we are so poor. Our income is not enough for our daily needs,” Mison said in the local dialect.
Marcos said he is running to end the impunity of divisiveness and poverty. His major solution to the country’s problems is to unite the Filipinos regardless of social and political status so the country can begin real change toward a progressive future.