Marcos: Unity among parties potent tool vs political tumult, national crisis

Published November 25, 2021, 1:09 PM

by Ben Rosario

Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) presidential aspirant former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Thursday, Nov. 25 said he is confident that the forging of an alliance of four of the country’s political parties is the initial “unifying step” that would bring stability back in the the nation.

Leaders of four major political parties raise the hands of presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos as they vowed unity in his presidential bid and that of Mayor Sara Duterte who is running for vice president

Speaking extemporaneously during the formal signing of the “UniTeam Alliance Agreement” among top officials of the four parties, Marcos cited the significance of the event that had brought the political forces together.

Signatories of the agreement to support the candidacies of Marcos and his running Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte were by PFP president and South Cotabato Gov. Reynaldo Tamayo Jr.; Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) president and House Majority Leader Ferdinand Martin Romualdez; Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) president former Senator Jinggoy Estrada and Hugpong ng Pagbabago president president and Davao Occidental Claude Bautista.

“This is the day that we began to bring the forces together in the interest of the country, not in the interest of the party, not in the interest of our persons but in the interest of the Philippines,” declared Marcos.

“So i will always remember this day for the rest of my life, so should we all. For it is an important and significant step that we have taken today,” he said.

The agreement was signed a day after Lakas-CMD adopted Marcos as its presidential candidate in the 2022 national elections.

Lakas-CMD chairperson and party vice presidential candidate was not in the signing ceremony held in a Pasay City hotel but sent a video message to the virtual signing rites.

Signatories said they are one in pursuing good governance, in reforming to reboot and rebound the economy; in sustaining the COVID-19 war and national unification and healing as one team.

Marcos underscored the need to consolidate political forces to address the issues confronting the nation, especially the crisis it faces, apparently referring to the COVID-19 situation.

He noted that Filipinos have faced and have been tested with many crises that included war, natural calamities and even the pandemic.

“Tayo ay nakaraos sa mga krisis dahil tayo ay nagkakaisa. (We were able to get through these crisis because we became united) And we find ourselves in a crisis again and we must unite again,” the former lawmaker stated.

A leading contender for the presidency, Marcos noted that even as the election is a good six months away, they have already been experiencing “a very tumultuous campaign.” “It is with this unifying steps that we hope to bring stability back.

First with the political arena which is now in the middle of the decisioin process of our people,” he stated.

“But this is precisely the advocacy this is precisely the ideology behind my candidacy and Mayor Inday. It is this unifying force that I hope will bring stability back first in the political arena and secondly in our country,” he said.