Officials of Las Piñas City(Metro Manila) led by Rep. Mark Villar and Mayor Vergel “Nene” Aguilar pledged their support for the vice presidential bid of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. on Thursday.
Marcos paid a courtesy call on Aguilar when the senator’s “Unity Caravan” rolled into the city.
Aguilar asked the city officials present, including all the chairmen of the city’s 20 barangay (village), 12 city councilors and 114 other village officials to take an oath to pledge their support for Marcos.
“I promise not only to vote for Bongbong Marcos, but I will also get 30 others to vote for him. I will call and text all my friends. I will call my relatives to vote for Bongbong,” Aguilar said in leading the oath.
The mayor lauded Marcos’ call for unity, saying it was the same formula he followed to usher in progress to the city.
He said that after winning as mayor in 1995, he reached out to his former political foes and forgot all insults and tirades he had received from them.
Meanwhile, Villar said Marcos was among the few friends who remained at their side when his father, former Senate President Manuel Villar, ran for president.
“That is the one thing we could never forget. Senator Bongbong, thank you very much and of course you can always count on our support not just as a party mate but also as an extended family. Senator, we welcome you here in Las Piñas,” he added.
“You’re not just a friend but a member of the family. We will always be here for you as you have been here for us,” Villar said.
Marcos thanked the Las Piñas officials.
“I am overwhelmed by your warm welcome and expression of support. Thank you very much,” he said, noting the huge crowd that mobbed him when he arrived at city hall.
Bingbong also for Bongbong
In Quezon City, three-term congressman and two-term councilor Vincent “Bingbong” Crisologo also endorsed Marcos.
Crisologo’s son Onyx, number one Quezon City councilor who is seeking reelection, Von Yalong, also running for councilor, and former congressman Chuck Mathay also expressed support for the senator.
Crisologo is again running for congressman in the First District.
“[I had a survey conducted, 300 were surveyed in each barangay and in the 37 villages in District 1, Marcos was the winner],” he said.
Mathay said he and his family will support the bid of Marcos.