BIÑAN CITY, Laguna — GOV. Ramil L. Hernandez on Thursday night officially endorsed Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) presidential candidate former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. before another huge crowd of supporters during the UniTeam grand rally at Biñan Football Field here.
Earlier, the governor endorsed Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) and Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) chairperson Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte as his vice presidential candidate.
Hernandez, president of Laguna’s Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), joined the majority of Filipinos in declaring support for Marcos.
“Buong pamunuan ng PDP-Laban kasama po ng iba pang mga partido na nandito ay nagkakaisa para po sa iisang layunin, si Governor Hernandez po bilang pangulo ng PDP-Laban Laguna, ang akin pong presidente at vice president ay BBM-SARA,” Hernandez declared before introducing Marcos in the rally.
He earlier welcomed Marcos in previous campaign sorties in the province but was silent on his endorsement.
“Akin po ang karangalan na ipakilala sa inyo ang presidente nating lahat, president Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr.,” Hernandez said.
The campaign rally was spearheaded by Laguna officials led by Deputy Speaker and Laguna Rep. Marlyn “Len” Alonte, Biñan City Mayor Arman Dimaguila, Vice Mayor Gel Alonte, Hernandez, Vice Gov. Karen Agapay, Rep. Ruth Hernandez and others.
The tens of thousands of cheering supporters filled the Biñan Football Field in Biñan City to overflowing capacity as the tandem’s supporters in Southern Tagalog tirelessly showed up, with less than three weeks before the elections.
Marcos and Duterte reiterated their message of unity, hope and patriotism during the rally. They bannered the Uniteam presence, which also included senatorial candidates Herbert Bautista, Jinggoy Estrada, Larry Gadon, Harry Roque, Gibo Teodoro, and Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian.
Before the rally in Biñan City, Duterte led the UniTeam in offering a thanksgiving mass near the JAM Compound in San Pedro City, Laguna. It was in the same compound where Duterte also held a caucus with local and community leaders. On Wednesday night, thousands of supporters also jampacked the grounds of the sprawling Lima Park Hotel Malvar-Lipa City in Batangas.