Garcia’s One Cebu backing
boosts BBM-Sara lead in polls

BBM-Sara Uniteam standard bearers Bongbong Marcos and Sara Duterte on the campaign trail (File photo by Roy Domingo/BM)

CEBU City—Officials of the very influential One Cebu local party led by Gov. Gwen Garcia, UniTeam Alliance and four cities on Tuesday formed the “One Cebu UniTeam Alliance” and “One Cebu Island UniTeam Alliance” to strengthen efforts to bring the country to greater heights and endorse presidential standard-bearer former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and vice presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

The first agreement said One Cebu and UniTeam “have a shared vision that will guide and lead the nation in the goal to achieve sustainable growth and development of Cebu and the rest of the regions in the country.”

“One Cebu and UniTeam are cognizant of the fulfillment of the shared vision through unity among political organizations,” the coalition agreement said signed by Garcia, Marcos of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP), and Duterte of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) and Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) during One Cebu’s General Assembly Tuesday held at the SM Seaside Sky Hall here.

“In view of the shared objectives of ONE CEBU and UNITEAM both parties have agreed to form a political alliance that will pave the way for farther reach of the advocacies of both parties through provision of mutual support,” said the alliance agreement that was witnessed and signed by PFP treasurer and former Davao del Norte Gov. Antonio Ernesto “Anton” F. Lagdameo, Lakas-CMD President and House Majority Leader Martin G. Romualdez, HNP President Claude Bautista, Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) and UniTeam senatorial candidate Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada,  and One Cebu’s Emmarie M. Ouano-Dizon.

On November 25, 2021, Marcos’ PFP, Lakas-CMD, HNP, and Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) formed the UniTeam Alliance at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel in Pasay City.

Under the alliance agreement, One Cebu agreed to “give its full and unqualified support, and endorse and campaign for the presidential candidate, Marcos Jr. and “agrees to give their full and unqualified support, and endorse and campaign for the vice presidential candidate, Sara Z. Duterte.”

As a show of mutual support, the UniTeam will “give their full and unqualified support for ONE CEBU’s candidates for governor, Gwendolyn F. Garcia, vice governor Dr. Maria Theresa V. Heyrosa, and all candidates in Cebu under the banner of One Cebu as well as candidates that are allied with One Cebu.”

To further cement a solid Cebu for the UniTeam tandem, a second alliance agreement known as “One Cebu Island UniTeam Alliance” to support Marcos and Duterte was signed by Romualdez, Duterte, Garcia, Cebu City Mayor Michael L. Rama, Mandaue Mayor Jonas C. Cortes Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan, and Talisay City Mayor Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas.

“The Mayors of the Cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu, and Talisay, respectively, subscribe to the ideals of ONE CEBU and join in ONE CEBU’s desire to forge alliances for a united and common voice to push forward the development of Cebu as one Island,” the second alliance agreement said. -30-

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