VIGAN City, Ilocos Sur: Efforts to unite the “Solid North” to support the candidacy of Senator Grace Poe are ongoing, according to Ilocos Sur first district Rep. Ronald Singson.
Singson, who has been campaigning for Poe, said that the senator is the leading presidential candidate in his district and he is working to get the support of the second district of the province headed Rep. Eric Singson, his uncle.
“Hopefully we can unite the entire Ilocos Sur, that would be a big help,” Singson told reporters.
Based on their survey in the first district, Poe is the frontrunner with 37 percent, while Vice President Jejomar Binay placed second with 26 percent. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte got 24 percent.
But efforts to boost Poe’s chances is not only limited to Ilocos Sur since he and other supporter of the senator are hoping to get the backing of Ilocos Norte officials.
Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos also met Poe on Tuesday when the senator visited the town of Burgos.
Marcos however did not say who she will support, but admitted that Poe is strong in the province.
“Hopefully, that is what we have been working at because I’m actively involved in the campaign of Sen. Grace,” Singson said when asked if the “Solid North” will go with Poe.
Also on Tuesday, Poe expressed gratitude for the support of the six governors in Bicol, all of whom, she said, will help her institute genuine inclusive growth.
Last Friday, Albay Gov. Joey Salceda expressed his support to the candidacy of Poe.
Yesterday, the rest of the Bicol’s mainland governors followed suit, declaring support for Poe’s presidential bid. They are Gov. Edgardo Tallado of Camarines Norte, Gov. Miguel Luis Villafuerte of Camarines Sur, Gov. Raul Lee of Sorsogon, Gov. Rizalina Seachon-Lanete of Masbate, and Gov. Cely Wong of Catanduanes.
Catanduanes Vice Gov. Jose Teves Jr., who is running for governor, has also committed to support Poe.