SAN NICOLAS, Pangasinan – Local officials of the sixth district in this “vote-rich” province on Saturday vowed to give their all-out support to Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte’s vice-presidential bid.
Host congressional candidate and former 6th District Rep. Marlyn “Len” Agabas, thanked Duterte for visiting and assured her that she will be the “next vice president of the Philippines” during her visit to the San Nicolas Municipal Hall here.
“Sa ngalan po ng ika-anim na distrito ng Pangasinan, maraming-maraming salamat po sa oportunidad na nakasama namin kayo,” Agabas said.
“Hinding-hindi namin ito makakalimutan lalong-lalo nang alam namin na sa tulong ng Maykapal at sa tulong ng buong ika-anim na distrito ng Pangasinan at ng buong Pilipinas, alam namin na ikaw ang magiging susunod na bise-presidente ng bansa,” she said as the crowd cheered in approval.
Agabas also said that she believes Duterte will be the “best vice president of the Republic of the Philippines.”
Speaking under the pouring rain, Duterte, who consistently leads pre-election surveys, said she will push for job generation, quality education, and peace and order as top priorities in her vice-presidential bid.
She also thanked the crowd for staying and giving their time to meet and listen to her advocacies for the country.
“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa oras at oportunidad na ibinigay ninyo sa akin ngayong araw na ito. Kahit na umuulan ay nandito po kayo para mag-welcome sa amin,” Duterte said.
Based on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) latest data for the May 9 polls, Pangasinan province, with Dagupan City, is the third most vote-rich province in the Philippines with 2,096,936 voters.
Also present in the event were 6th District Representative Tyrone Agabas, mayors Alicia Enriquez of San Nicolas, Carlos Lopez of Asingan, Maria Theresa Peralta of Balungao, Rosita Rafael of Natividad, Susan Casareno of Rosales, and other mayors and barangay officials of the province.