Former Cagayan government rallies support for Robredo

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ECHAGUE, Isabela—In an impassioned speech, a former Marcos supporter urged Cagayanos to vote for presidential hopeful Vice President Leni Robredo, who came to their rescue after a severe typhoon hit their province .

Former Cagayan Governor Alvaro Antonio, whose family is one of the northern political families, recalled on Saturday how he personally campaigned for the late dictator’s son and namesake, former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., in the 2010 senatorial election and delivered the city’s votes for him.

Antonio and his daughter, outgoing Alcala Mayor Cristina Antonio, welcomed the outings of Robredo and his running mate, Senator Francis Pangilinan, to the city, one of the few municipalities in Cagayan to break away from the so-called Solid North.

Speaking in Ilocano, he said that in 2011 a severe typhoon hit the province, prompting him to seek help from Marcos.

Former governor says Marcos ‘never confronted him once, and just asked that I leave the resolution behind [for aid] that I brought.

“I’m not trying to smear anyone,” he told the audience. “I tell you the truth. I approached him twice asking for help for our province. He didn’t give a single cent. None.”

On the other hand, when the city of Alcala was badly hit by typhoon “Ulysses (international name: Vamco) in 2020”, Robredo – who lost in the province in the 2016 vice-presidential elections – was the first responsible for the government to arrive on the scene to offer assistance.

“So now we’re betting on someone who helped us,” the elder Antonio said, to cheers from the crowd.

He called on people to bet on the candidate “who did something and showed love for our province, on someone who did nothing for us even if he says he is Ilocano” . INQ

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