Marcos expands reach in Mindanao

T’BOLI SUPREME LEADER Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. gets a hug after being named Supreme Leader, the highest honor given by the T’boli tribe in South Cotabato.

T’BOLI SUPREME LEADER Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. gets a hug after being named Supreme Leader, the highest honor given by the T’boli tribe in South Cotabato.

Makilala, North Cotabato: After two days of campaigning in South Cotabato and North Cotabato, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. solidified his hold in Mindanao with the help of his fellow Ilocanos, all mayors, who mobilized to ensure his victory.

Ilocano-speaking Mayor Rudy Caoagdan of this town said his parents are Ilocanos thus, he is a solid Marcos supporter. He vowed to deliver most if not all of the 45,000 votes of his town to Marcos in May.

The other Ilocano mayors are Herlo Guzman Jr. of Kabacan town and Joseph Evangelista of the provincial capital Kidapawan City.

Caoagdan said his town is not only known as the rubber capital of Cotabato but also has the distinction of having the only free college institution in the country.

“This is our contribution to the country. We hope to raise more funds so we can accommodate more students,” he said.

Marcos hailed Makilala Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), saying “if this small town can offer free college, why not the entire state college and universities in the country?”

Marcos is pushing for the inclusion of P18 billion education budget to make all government-run colleges and universities free.

Makilala has a yearly budget of P200 million, P160 million of which is derived from the
Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).

Marcos said he is not campaigning mainly among Ilocanos but all the people of Mindanao, regardless of their lineage.

Also yesterday, the senator called on the government to implement a moratorium on the increase of tuition and other school expenses for the coming school year.

Earlier reports said that around 400 colleges and universities were planning to jack up their fees for academic year 2016-2017.

“I don’t think parents and students could afford additional costs in the tuition fees considering the meager income and still high prices of basic commodities,” Marcos, who is running for vice president as an independent, he said.


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  1. Sen. BBM is the only hope for our country to be great again. He’s a good man, hard working, responsible and dedicated to serve his country and people. We will never go wrong if we all vote for him as our next Vice President of the Philippines. KAY BBM BAYAN ANG PANALO!

  2. Mga kababayan huwag nyo lang kalimutan na ang i isulat nyo sa balota ay Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr.dahil kung Bongbong Marcos lang ay hindi babasahin ng computer at mababali wala ang boto nyo. Kung ano ang nasa sample balot yon ang exactong isulat nyo

  3. go go go go all the way. sa taong may malasakit sa ating karaniwang mamayan at sa ating bayan. BBM for vice president and MDS for President.
    isigaw natin sa buong Pilipiinas ang Bong Bong Marcos Jr.. ang ating bagong lider ng ating bansa…

  4. Sana maka punta c Vice President Bongbong dito sa SURIGAO DEL SUR, sa bayan ng HINATUAN makabisita sana sya… We are not ILOCANO but my family are diehard to MARCOSES,I always remind my student and fellows that PRES. F. MARCOS is a HERO. .we will support MARCOS forever.

  5. Aida Mercado on

    God bless you Sen. Marcos, indeed u are a true and dedicated public servant, driven, and great leadership.

  6. runin arigato on

    ABS-CBN Gensan: caravan of BBM wala akong balita na napanood….. Anyways andyan ang THE MANILA TIMES…

  7. bongbong marcos will be the next vice president despite all the efforts of this administration to put him down.
    long live bongbong.

  8. brigido domingo on

    Napapanahon na upang subukan naman natin si BBMJR. Iboto natin siya para sa ProgresiBONG Bukas at sa Nakakaisang Mamamayang Pilipino. Dapat tulong-tulong tayo, kapit bisig upang makamtan natin ang mga layuning ito.

  9. God bless you Senator. May the Lord guide you protect you and give you wisdom to continue serving our country

  10. Naida C. James on

    Me and my family are supporting you and praying for you to win this election. Your father’s dream for Philippines was misunderstood by people who has self ambition to gain power in order to control our nation and our people. You are the only hope to again our nation can be and will be GREAT AGAIN. God bless you in your journey.?