Occidental Mindoro, Batangas governors see kababayans backing Marcos
LIPA CITY, Batangas — As presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. barnstormed Southern Luzon in the final stretch of the campaign, the governors of the provinces of Occidental Mindoro and Batangas expressed beliefs their constituents will support the presidential bet.
Marcos first visited Mamburao town in Occidental Mindoro where he vowed to address power supply issues in the province. Among those present at the grand rally was Occidental Mindoro governor Eduardo Gadiano.
According to Gadiano, “almost all” of the residents are Marcos supporters.
“We can deliver. Mayor pa ko noon, nadala ko siya sa bayan ng Sablayan. Halos lahat ng residente supporter ni BBM (Bongbong Marcos). Maraming Ilocano dito ako mismo Ilocano kaya lahat dito BBM,” Gadiano was quoted as saying in a press release of the Marcos camp.
(We can deliver. When I was the mayor, I was able to bring him to Sablayan. Almost all of the residents there were supporters of BBM. There are many Ilocanos here so all of them are for BBM.)
“Firm siya. Bilib ako sa kanya dahil lahat ng bira sa kanya di niya sinasagot talagang hinahayaan niya sila dahil ang gusto niya pagkakaisa,” he added.
(He’s firm. I believe in him because he’s not responding to all of the accusations against him because he just lets them be as he wants unity.)
Gadiano also backed Marcos’ call for unity to address the country’s problems.
“Ang program kasi ay base sa pangangailangan ng tao. Kung focus dun sa tunay na nararamdamang problema ng tao, pag ma-address mo yun mabawasan ang paghihirap ng tao kaya ang ganda ng kanyang approach (na unity),” Gadiano said.
(The program is based on people’s needs. If we focus on the real problems of the public, if we can address them, then we can alleviate people’s sufferings. That is why his approach of unity is good.)
Meanwhile, Batangas governor Hermilando Mandanas said Batanguenos understand that Marcos, together with his running mate Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio, will be able to lead the country.
“I believe ang ating mga Batangueno ay nauunawaan na ang BBM-Sara team ang tunay na makakapaglingkod sa ating mga kababayan. Sila ang mag-aayos talaga ng ating pamahalaan,” Mandanas told reporters in an ambush interview in Batangas City.
(I believe that the Batanguenos understand that the BBM – Sara team can truly serve the public. They will be the ones to fix governance.)
“Sila ang nakikita ko na mayrong kakayahan at pinaka mahalaga ay merong pananaw na sa panahong ito ay kailangan talaga tayo magsama sama, mag tulungan,” he added.
(I believe that they are capable and most importantly, they understand that in these times, we need to be united and helping each other.)
Asked about the votes he can pledge to the tandem, Mandanas said: “Ang pinag uusapan dito ay hindi boto ano. Ang pinag-uusapan dito ay pumili ng tunay na mag lilingkod sa bayan, maka-Diyos, makatao, makabayan, at talagang nagkakaisa.”
(We’re not talking about votes here. We are talking about choosing the one who will truly lead the country; someone who is God-fearing, for the people, for the country, and for unity.)
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