Nineteen incumbent mayors and several mayoralty candidates from Bulacan province had assured presidential frontrunner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. that he would win by landslide in their respective areas in the upcoming May 9, 2022 national elections.
The mayors gave their assurance during a face-to-face meeting with the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) standard-bearer at his headquarters in Mandaluyong on Friday.
The mayors also formally handed their signed manifesto of support for Marcos and his running-mate, Inday Sara Duterte.
“Sa amin po iisa lang ang message. Panalo na, kaya lang di tayo puwedeng matulog. At the end of the day bantay pa rin,” said incumbent Guiguinto Mayor Ambrosio “Boy” Cruz Jr., president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines-Bulacan Chapter.
Among the contingent of mayors in attendance were Christian Natividad of Malolos, Vergel Meneses of Bulakan, Amboy Manlapaz of Hagonoy with his wife and mayoral candidate Flordeliza Manlapaz, Ferdinand Estrella of Baliuag, Francis Albert Juan of Bustos, and Henry Villarica of Meycauayan.
Also in attendance were Ricardo Silvestre of Marilao, Edwin Santos of Obando, and his wife, Obando mayoralty candidate Esperanza Santos, Guiguinto mayoralty candidate Agatha Paula Cruz, Crispin Castro of Pandi, Eladio Gonzales Jr. of Balagtas, Jose Santiago Jr. of Bocaue, Arthur Robes of San Jose Del Monte City, Eric Tiongson of San Miguel, Jocell Casaje of Plaridel, Mary Ann Marcos of Paombong, while Mr. Leo Nicolas represented Norzagaray Mayor Ade Cristobal.
Marcos thanked the mayors and the mayoralty candidates for their endorsement and reiterated the need to be more vigilant as the election nears.
Marcos also said that he continues to have a very hectic schedule but expects things to wind down in the coming weeks as the campaign enters the homestretch.
“Ako naman tuluy-tuloy pa rin ang lakad ko, pero mababawasan na dahil andito na tayo sa tinatawag na endgame,” Marcos said.
Marcos’ chief-of-staff and spokesperson, Atty. Vic Rodriguez confirmed that the PFP’s training program for poll watchers had started, and the party has started deploying fully-trained volunteers nationwide.
Some of the Bulacan mayors said that Marcos is leading in a recent internal province-wide survey where he posted a whopping 61% voter preference.
According to Mayor Christian Natividad, in Malolos City, Marcos is polling at 62% versus the 18% of his closest rival in the presidential race.
Marcos also urged the mayors to encourage their constituents to go out and vote on election day, as this would allow them to participate in determining the next leaders of the country.
“Palabasin at hikayatin natin sila upang bumoto. Iyan naman talaga ang isa sa pinakaimportante sa darating na eleksyon,” Marcos added.
Despite the encouraging pre-election survey numbers reported by the Bulacan mayors, Marcos still urged them to be on guard to deter would-be attempts to influence the results of elections.
“Alam natin kung ano ang kailangan ng tao. You have a good heart. You can really lead the country. All we have to do is support you, to let the people vote for you. For all of us here in our own districts, we have to make this campaign real,” said Cong. Rida Robes of the lone district of the City of San Jose Del Monte who was also present at the event.