POLITICAL rivals in Ormoc City crossed party lines to express their support to their province mate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
The 2016 elections in the Fourth District of Leyte that includes Ormoc City is a fight between the Codilla couple and the Gomez couple.
But when Marcos brought his Unity Caravan to Ormoc City on Sunday, both couples, in separate meetings, pledged their full support to the senator.
Reelectionist Ormoc City Mayor Edward Codilla is running against actor Richard Gomez while Codilla’s wife, Violy, is running against Gomez’s wife, incumbent Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez.
In his courtesy call on Codilla, Marcos was openly endorsed by the incumbent mayor.
Codilla is a member of the United People’s Coalition.
In a separate meeting with Gomez, a member of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, Marcos also got the former’s support, saying he and his wife, a member of the ruling Liberal Party (LP), have always been supporters of the senator.
Torres-Gomez, however, was not present during the meeting.
Marcos said he was humbled by the endorsements, acknowledging that they are a big boost to his campaign during the homestretch.
Meanwhile, the LP candidates in Maasin City, Leyte, also pledged their support to Marcos during the “2nd Barangay Day Celebration 2016” held also on Sunday.
The LP’s gubernatorial candidate, Damian Mercado, congressional candidate Roger Mercado, mayoralty candidate Lito Mercado and vice mayoralty candidate Malone Samaco all referred to Marcos as the next Vice President.
Marcos thanked the LP local candidates for their support and warm welcome, saying they have shown the kind of unity he is espousing all throughout the campaign.
He also secured the endorsement of Borongan City Mayor Ma. Agnes Abunda, a reelectionist from the ruling party.
Abunda said she is not adopting the administration bet for the vice presidency because she is giving her full support to Marcos.
Abunda, sister of television host Boy Abunda, met with Marcos on Monday morning at the Borongan City Hall and declared that she is supporting the senator because of the good things that his late father, former President Ferdinand Marcos, had done for Region 8.
She added that the young Marcos has also proven his own brand of public service through the many projects he has done not only for Ilocos Norte but also for the rest of the country.
Marcos expressed appreciation to Abunda for her endorsement, saying it meant so much to him considering that the mayor is a member of the ruling party.
Meanwhile, Eastern Samar Gov. Conrado Nicart also gave Marcos a warm welcome when the senator paid him a courtesy call at the provincial capitol.
Nicart, another LP member, hosted a gathering of around 1,000 local officials and civic leaders from all over Eastern Samar at the capitol for Marcos.
He said he has always been a friend of the Romualdezes and the Marcoses.
Marcos is a Romualdez on his mother’s side.
Present during the event was Buena Garino, municipal coordinator of Balang-ayan in Eastern Samar who said majority of Samarenos are voting for Marcos.