CARMEN, Davao del Norte: Vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Friday predicted that “protest votes” will dominate the May 9 polls, saying he and his tandem with presidential aspirant and fellow Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago will benefit from it.
“People will resort to protest votes [in the coming elections]because the government has abandoned real public service. That’s why we want to unite the people and come up with better service, including in private practices,” he told a news conference here after addressing local officials, employees and supporters at Panabo City Multi-Purpose Tourism Cultural and Sports Center.
Marcos said protest voting is a result of the people’s frustration with the government, a problem he and Santiago are aware of.
According to him, he and Santiago are slated to hold a sortie this Sunday in Iloilo City, Santiago’s bailiwick.
The senator from Ilocos Norte said what is needed in the country to effect radical change is to impose discipline on each citizen and group and government system, including launching an aggressive fight against criminals, most especially illegal drug syndicates.
“The high rise in crime index is alarming. Discipline is what we need in all areas,” he pointed out.
Surprisingly, Davao City is considered as one of the most disciplined city in the entire world.
Marcos said Santiago has the same vision of cleaning the country of undisciplined individuals and groups.
“My presidential candidate will introduce me to her fellow Ilonggos. I am confident that Iloilo residents will welcome me just like in the past places we visited,” he added.
Marcos said the protest votes will benefit him and Santiago because their message of unity, progress and betterment of the people is sinking in on the souls and hearts of voters, particularly the young ones.
“Our youth vote comprises 45 percent of our voters. Sen. Santiago and me consistently emerge the most popular in campus mock polls,” he noted.
Marcos on Friday led a motorcade from Davao City to Panabo City and met with officials of Davao del Norte in Carmen after addressing the town people and leaders at Carmen Gym.
After the news conference at nearby Divine Mercy Shrine Island, he proceeded to the provincial capitol of Davao del Norte to meet with Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario and other provincial officials.
Marcos then went to Compostela Valley to meet with Gov. Arturo Uy and other provincial officials.
Davao is the bailiwick of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, another presidential candidate.
Other Davao political leaders supporting Marcos are former Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio Floirendo, Davao del Norte Rep. Anton Lagdameo, PBA party-list nominee Jericho Nograles and Panabo City Mayor James Gamao.
Meanwhile, Abakada party-list nominee Jonathan dela Cruz welcomed other party-list groups in supporting Marcos, saying this is a very good development in ensuring victory for his fellow Ilocano.
Dela Cruz is the campaign manager of Marcos.