THE candidacy of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. got another boost on Monday with an endorsement from San Juan City (Metro Manila) Mayor Guia Gomez.
Gomez’s support came a day after results of a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed Marcos tying at 26 percent with vice presidential frontrunner, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, for the first time.
“Mga kababayan, samahan ninyo ako na itaguyod ang kandidatura ng ating susunod na Bise Presidente, walang iba kundi si Bongbong Marcos [Join me in pitching for the candidacy of our next Vice President, no other than Bongbong Marcos],” the mayor said in her speech in front of hundreds of city employees, barangay [village]officials and city councilors during flag-raising ceremony at San Juan City Hall.
According to Gomez, she had a hard time choosing whom to support for Vice President in the May 2016 elections.
Gomez, a partner of former President Joseph Estrada and mother of Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, said Marcos is the “most qualified” among the vice presidential candidates, citing the senator’s impressive track record and credentials.
She cited the first windmill in the country that has become a source of renewable energy for Ilocos Norte.
Built by Marcos when he was governor of the province, the windmill is behind the cheap electricity enjoyed by the people of Ilocos Norte, Gomez said.
She added that the senator, chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, also helped her son JV in passing the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Reform Act, a landmark legislation that gives the youth an opportunity to participate in local governance.
Marcos thanked Gomez, saying he is honored to receive the mayor’s endorsement.
The Estradas and Marcoses’ close ties started during the time of then-President Ferdinand Marcos when Joseph Estrada was the mayor of then-San Juan town.