DIPOLOG City — Misamis Occidental Governor Philip Tan on Friday vowed to support Sara Duterte’s vice presidential bid.
“We are 100 percent supporting Mayor Sara’s vice presidential bid,” Tan said after he and some officials from his province met with Sara here.
Tan, who has long known Sara, said that he appreciates the mayor’s character from a colleague’s perspective.
“We are old friends. We were colleagues at the League of City Mayors. Buotan si Mayor Sara. Masaligan, matinud-anon and down-to-earth. Angay nato siyang botohan ug suportahan,” he added.
(Mayor Sara is kind, dependable…We should vote for her.)
Friday marked the 26th day of Sara’s Mahalin Natin Ang Pilipinas Ride, reentering Mindanao through Dipolog from the Iloilo stopover where she and presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos conducted a series of sorties.
Joining Sara in the last stretch of the nationwide ride was senatorial candidate Robin Padilla, who was warmly received by supporters.
The two also met with Zamboanga del Norte Gov. Roberto Uy, who said the people of the province will support Padilla.
“Gi-endorse man nimo ni Mayor, among ibutang na sa balota,” said Uy.
(We will vote for him because you endorsed him.)
Sara and Padilla were also hosted by former Congressman Seth Jalosjos, who is running for mayor of Dapitan City.
A rally for Sara and Robin at the Jalosjos-owned Gloria de Dapitan was attended by hundreds of supporters Friday afternoon.
Padilla charmed them with a rendition of Eric Clapton’s Wonderful Tonight. He also told them he would be a loyal ally to Sara just as he was to President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Aasahan ninyo ang katapatan ko kay Mayor Sara — gaya ng katapatan ko kay Pangulong Duterte,” Padilla said.
Tan, the govenor of Misamis Occidental, said he believes that the country needs Sara’s leadership.
“She is strong-willed. She has political will. She is sincere and committed to public service,” the governor said.
In 2019, the province voted straight to all Hugpong ng Pagbabago’s (HNP) senatorial line. This year, the governor said they “will try their best” to do the same.
“We will do our best to replicate the 2019 elections 12-0 votes for senatoriables under the UniTeam,” he said.
Sara thanked the governor and local leaders for their support to all candidates under the UniTeam ticket.
“Nagpasalamat ko sa inyohang tanan sa inyohang pagdala sa amoa sa UniTeam sa Misamis Occidental,” Sara said.
(I am thankful to Misamis Occidental ror supporting the UniTeam.)
She was joined by Padilla in her Ituloy ang Pagbabago Movement (IPM), Marcos-Sara Duterte Alliance (MASADA), and UniTeam BBM-Sara Volunteer Action Center headquarters’ opening in Zamboanga del Norte.
Sara also visited the HNP regional headquarters with First District Cong. Seth Frederick “Bullet” Jalosjos. HNP MEDIA