VG: Marcos sure win in Negros; Fight definitely not over – Lito

Presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and his runningmate Sara Duterte Carpio will win by a landslide in Negros Occidental, Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer said Thursday, February 24.

But former governor Rafael Coscolluela, campaign manager of Leni Robredo and Kiko Pangilinan in Negros, said the fight is definitely not over.

Ferrer claimed more than 80,000 people joined the Marcos’ UniTeam grand rally at the reclamation area in Bacolod City on Wednesday. There were also thousands more who gathered along the caravan route from Silay to Bacolod, he added.

He also said 28 out of 31 mayors, six congressmen and 11 board members in Negros Occidental are supporting Marcos and Carpio.

With that kind of machinery and the people’s support as far as he is concerned the elections are over in Negros, Ferrer said.

Wednesday was the first day of the EDSA people power anniversary but people don’t think of that anymore, they came out to show their support for Marcos, Ferrer said.

Marcos thanked the local officials and all their supporters in Negros Occidental for their show of support for him and the UniTeam, Ferrer said.

Ferrer also thanked all those who helped make the UniTeam visit a success.

Coscolluela said when the late ambassador Eduardo Cojuangco ran for president in 1992, there was almost exactly the same situation in Negros Occidental as there is now.

“At a big miting de avance you would think that the whole of Negros was already theirs, and the same thing was said then – the election is over Negros is ours,” Coscolluela said.

“Well that experience showed us that you may have all the money , you may have all the resources to bring in all your supporters, but it will not bring you the votes to make you win,” he said.

Cojuangco finished third in Negros despite “the fact that they had all the resources and most of the political support, this is practically the same thing happening,” he said.

Fidel Ramos won the presidency in 1992 and Miriam Defensor Santiago came in second.

Coscolluela said the support of the youth for Robredo has really been a big source of encouragement and inspiration.
“This is the fight of our lives for the future of our nation,” he said.

Ferrer said Marcos and the UniTeam will visit Negros again before the elections.

Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, who is not a Marcos supporter, congratulated Ferrer for a successful grand rally.

The vice governor was so happy, he performed on stage and is now known as rock star, Lacson said.

Ferrer led the crowd in singing “Bagong Silang,” a song popularized during the Marcos Sr. era.*

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