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Cebu gov endorses Bongbong Marcos; party secretary-general resigns

/ 02:28 PM April 12, 2022

CEBU CITY––Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia on Tuesday formally endorsed presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

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Garcia, the president of One Cebu party, said the decision was a result of “weeks of extensive consultations and discussions with provincial, municipal, and barangay leaders in the 44 municipalities and seven cities of the province of Cebu.”

“We considered differing opinions of party leaders advocating for the causes of different presidential candidates and have determined that the unity and strength of One Cebu, its ability to serve its constituents in the province, and ultimately the interest of Cebuanos are best served if we unite behind the leadership of BBM as president and, as we have earlier announced, Mayor Sara Duterte as vice president,” she said in a statement.

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Her brother, Cebu third district Rep. Pablo John Garcia, stepped down as One Cebu’s secretary-general.

In a separate statement, Pablo John said he could not support the decision of One Cebu, which he co-founded.

“Since the start, I have been clear and consistent about my support for Mayor Isko Moreno’s candidacy for president, believing that he is, among the many choices, the most capable and best prepared to lead the country out of this many-pronged crisis that it now faces, and into the future,” Pablo John explained.

“I am not known to abandon a comrade-in-arms mid-battle. And I am not about to do so now in the few years left of my political life.”

Since he will continue to campaign for Moreno, Pablo John deemed it proper to step down as secretary-general of One Cebu “to avoid any conflict of interest.”

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