Liberal Party (LP) residential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd is unlikely to win in Metro Manila or the National Capital Region (NCR), which has six million registered voters.
In painting the gloomy picture, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista on Wednesday cited that history has been unkind to administration candidates in the country’s premier region since opposition candidates have always won in Metro Manila since 1965.
“The LP is aware of that fact. And while it is not an ideal situation, it can be compensated in other areas such as Cebu, Negros Occidental, among others,” Bautista told reporters.
Cebu has around two million voters, while Negros Occidental has 1.7 million voters.
Cebu’s governor is LP stalwart Hilario Davide 3rd, while Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon is also from the ruling party.
Bautista, however, said Roxas will be hard to beat, even in Metro Manila, considering that Quezon City is a bailiwick of the LP.
Quezon City accounts for one million of NCR’s six million voters.
“We will be convincing the barangay [village]leaders, not just the elected officials, as well as the non-government organizations to vote for Mar and Leni,” Bautista pointed out, referring to Roxas’ running mate Leni Robredo.
The mayor, as well as the city’s vice mayor, Joy Belmont, and the six district congressmen there, as well as majority of councilors, all belong to the LP.
“We’ll do our best to win QC [for Mar and Leni]. We are very confident that when the local campaign starts, the situation will change,” Bautista.
LLANESCA T. PANTI