Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is enjoying a groundswell of support in Mindanao after clinching the backing of the Katipunan Guardians Brotherhood (KGB) party-list.
The pledge of support was made over the weekend in Pagadian City, highlighted by the unanimous endorsement of all the mayors of 26 towns and one city in Zamboanga del Norte.
Marcos got the endorsement of Zamboanga del Sur local executives led by Gov. Antonio Cerilles and Pagadian City Mayor Tata Polmones during the “Peace and Order Forum” sponsored by the KGB party-list held at Megayon Stage in Dao, Pagadian City.
Also present were vice mayors, board members, councilors, barangay (village) officials, members and officers of KGB led by its first nominee, Marjon Cerilles and Rep. Aurora Cerilles.
Marcos thanked the people for their overwhelming support and asked them to join him in his advocacy for national unity.
Last week, Marcos brought his “Unity Caravan” to General Santos City, the provinces of South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao City, Zamboanga del Sur and Compostela Valley.
Other Mindanao leaders who joined the Marcos bandwagon were Davao Del Norte Representatives Antonio “Tony Boy” Floirendo and Anton Lagdameo, Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) party-list official Jericho “Koko” Nograles and Panabo City Mayor James Gamao, among others.
Marcos was also warmly received by Davao del Norte Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario and Compostela Valley Gov. Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy.
Del Rosario narrated that it was former President Ferdinand Marcos who encouraged him to run for political office in 1978 and appointed him Minister of Natural Resources in 1984.
“I owe a lot to the father of our senator, Bongbong Marcos. That is why I consider it a privilege to introduce to you all the son of my former boss. With your help and support, we may soon see him as the new Vice President of our country,” he said.
Marcos also consolidated the support of the predominantly Ilocano-speaking towns and cities in North Cotabato with the mayor of Makilala, Rudy Caoagdan, a member of the ruling Liberal Party, crossing party lines to support his vice presidential bid.
He went around several towns and cities in North Cotabato, particularly in Makilala, Kidapawan, Matalam, Kabacan and Midsayap–areas where Ilocano migrants settled.
The senator was warmly welcomed in Kabacan town where around 65 percent of residents are of Ilocano descent.
He was conferred the title of Supreme Leader by the T’boli tribe of South Cotabato with the rank of Datu Kelmokul and the adopted son of T’boli and Blaan tribes.