The Garcia patriarch Pablo Garcia helped as lawyer for the opposition in the course of the 1986 snap election
CEBU CITY, Philippines – With lower than a month earlier than the Might 9 nationwide election, native celebration One Cebu lastly endorses survey frontrunner Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for president.
“One Cebu Party has the honor of announcing its decision to endorse the presidential bid of former Senator Bongbong Marcos Jr.,” Cebu Governor Garcia, the celebration’s president, mentioned in a press release despatched to the media on Tuesday morning, April 12.
The celebration initially referred to as a press convention on Tuesday morning, however cancelled on the final minute and didn’t take questions from the media.
Garcia mentioned within the assertion the choice adopted “weeks of extensive consultations and discussions with provincial, municipal and barangay leaders in the 44 municipalities and seven cities (including Mandaue City) 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 of Cebu, and ultimately the interests 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 added.
This breaks the household’s months-long silence relating to their alternative for the presidency.
Previous to Garcia’s announcement, members of the highly effective Cebu clan publicly expressed particular person assist for totally different presidential candidates.
Cebu third District Consultant PJ Garcia helps Manila Mayor Isko Moreno whereas the governor’s daughter Christina Garcia-Frasco, Liloan mayor, helps Marcos.
Gwen had met with each Isko and Marcos however hedged on endorsement till Tuesday.
A majority of Cebu province’s native chief executives are members of One Cebu or are allied with the celebration.
The Garcia-led celebration was credited for serving to ship over 1 million votes in Cebu for President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016.
The settlement comes as a shock to Cebuanos as PJ, the celebration’s secretary basic, has been vocal towards the candidacy of Marcos and the authoritarian regime of his father Ferdinand Marcos Sr.
PJ mentioned in a press assertion that his celebration’s option to again Marcos is a alternative he “cannot support.”
“I have been officially informed that my party, One Cebu, has endorsed a candidate for President; a choice which, unfortunately, I cannot support,” he mentioned.
The Cebu third District Consultant mentioned he would proceed to marketing campaign for Moreno regardless of his celebration’s alternative. “From 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,” PJ mentioned.
He mentioned he would additionally step down as secretary basic of One Cebu to “avoid conflict of interest.”
The Garcia patriarch Pablo Garcia helped as lawyer for the opposition in the course of the 1986 snap election.
The endorsement provides a lift to Marcos’ already robust numbers within the Visayas area.
Marcos ranked first within the Pulse Asia survey taken between March 17 to 21 with a 56% reputation ranking, adopted by Vice President Leni Robredo at 24%.
Within the Visayas he rated 48%, adopted by Robredo at 28%. – Rappler.com