Bongbong in Vigan: Allies campaign for Binay-Marcos ticket

STAUNCH SUPPORTERS. Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson and Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez join Bongbong Marcos in his visit to various places in the north on the second day of his election sortie on Wednesday, February 10. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

STAUNCH SUPPORTERS. Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson and Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez join Bongbong Marcos in his visit to various places in the north on the second day of his election sortie on Wednesday, February 10.

Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

One of the most visible figures in vice presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr's campaign in Ilocos Sur were Governor Luis "Chavit" Singson and Marcos cousin Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez. 

Singson on Wednesday, February 10, accompanied the son of the late President Ferdinand Marcos in all his sorties, not just in Vigan City, but in the neighboring province of Abra too.

Romualdez, on the other hand, was tapping his ties with the Marcoses to get the Ilocano vote.

But it seems their all-out support for Marcos does not extend to his standard-bearer, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago. 

Singson has been openly endorsing a Binay-Marcos ticket since 2015, while Romualdez is a senatorial candidate of Vice President Jejomar Binay's United Nationalist Alliance. 

Marcos earlier said his cousin would be part of his and Santiago's senatorial slate, which they would announce soon. But in a quick interview with Rappler, the lawmaker from Leyte said he would be "happy" if a Binay-Marcos partnership "happens." 

With a campaign tagline "malasakit" (compassion), Romualdez said he is supporting someone who shows compassion for others – referring to the Vice President who, he said, had helped a lot of poor people. 

"The campaign is for malasakit and we want to bring back compassion in governance," he added. 

Will the preference of these two key allies influence Bongbong Marcos to abandon his presidential candidate Santiago, who is battling lung cancer?

Marcos shrugged off the suggestion.

“I take Senator Miriam’s [word]. She said she can do it and she has something prepared. If she says she can do it, I believe her that she can do it,” he told reporters. – Patty Pasion/Rappler.com