VICE presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has proved that the so-called Solid North really exists.
This is according to the Lakas-CMD president and Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, in response to critics who are saying that Solid North was already “shattered and moribund.”
Mayor Sara, the vice presidential bet of Lakas-CMD and Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), led the UniTeam’s campaign in North Luzon through her Mahalin Natin Ang Pilipinas Ride.
She is running alongside the pride of Ilocandia, former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP).
“Barnstorming the country’s northern provinces for several days, the Davao city mayor disproved notions that the politically-defining vote was already an afterthought and instead further solidified it, this time behind the UniTeam,” Romualdez said.
The BBM-Sara tandem swept away the “Ilocano country,” notching the support and endorsements of political leaders from governors down to municipal officials, various groups and grassroots organizations, and securing the affirmation of voters.
Mayor Sara has launched her north-bound sortie by making whistle stops in the heart of Nueva Ecija where she stirred up support from Novo Ecijanos, who crowded the streets, chanted her name and followed her convoy as it inched around the capital.
In between meeting voters where she observed COVID-19 protocols, Duterte inaugurated the separate offices in the province of her support groups Kay Inday Sara Lilipad ang Pilipinas (KISLAP) and Marcos Sara Duterte Alliance (MASADA).
Up in the north, the vice presidential candidate secured the support of Nueva Vizcayanos led by party-mate and Nueva Vizcaya lone district Rep. Luisa Lloren Cuaresman, who, along with the province’s key leaders, welcomed her at the town hall of capital Bayombong.
The presidential daughter has appreciated the backing of the province’s officials and the strong showing of support by the residents, who went out of their homes and offices amid the hot weather just to show their support and wished her on her vice presidential journey.
Campaigning in the heart of Cagayan Valley, Duterte, who is also the chairperson of the Lakas-CMD assured herself and Marcos of the solid and overwhelming support of Cagayanos and the residents of Isabela led by their leaders.
It was in Isabela and Cagayan where the Solid North fully reared its existence as a large throng of people welcomed Duterte and mobbed her convoy the minute it touched the ground.
Among those who have expressed full backing to Mayor Sara and Marcos are Isabela Gov. Rodolfo “Rodito” Albano III; brother Rep. Tonypet Albano; Vice Governor Bodjie Dy; Cagayan Gov. Manuel Mamba; Ilocos Norte Gov. Matthew Joseph Marcos Manotoc; Narvacan City Mayor Luis “Chavit” Singson; Ilocos Sur Gov. Ryan Luis Singson; La Union Gov. Emmanuel “Pacoy” Ortega lll; Pangasinan Gov. Amado “Pogi” Espino III and Pangasinan Rep. Ramon “Mon-Mon” V. Guico III.
These local officials are coming from different political parties like Lakas-CMD, National People’s Coalition (NPC); PDP-Laban and Nacionalista Party (NP).
Mayor Sara told the people of the North that her father’s legacy programs of infrastructure development and anti-illegal drugs will remain and continue under the BBM-Sara leadership.
The vice presidential candidate relished the Solid North with her penultimate campaign right in the home province of her tandem where she was treated to a spectacle of support by Marcos, Ilocos Norte officials and the province’s residents.