WITH only a week before the start of the filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2022 elections, local and national political leaders are queuing up for their membership in Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) of which former Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. is expected to join them soon.
Last September 18, the PFP concluded its national convention which approved unanimously to defer the election of its chairman because such a position was reserved to the former senator.
Partido Federal’s hybrid virtual convention has also endorsed Marcos, who is fondly called BBM, as its ‘Best Bet Mo’ for the presidency in next year’s local and national elections.
“Nang malaman ng mga kakandidato na may espasyo si BBM sa Federal bilang chairman at panlaban ng partido sa pagka-pangulo ay marami ang gustong sumama kaya dumagsa ang nagparehistro,” quipped PFP’s secretary general Tom Lantion.
He said local political bigwigs around the country have started registering for their membership and oath-takings are scheduled one group after the other.
“Our party secretariat is very busy now with the membership documentation of bigshots from the so-called Solid North down to their alliances in Metro Manila, Visayan islands and Mindanao,” said Lantion.
Over a dozen local officials and well-known political personalities led by former Rep. Mat Defensor of the Third District of Quezon City have sworn allegiance to PFP during oath-taking rights for new members administered by Lantion recently via Zoom at Annabel’s Restaurant in Tomas Marato, QC.
Aside from Defensor, local executives from Valenzuela City, Quezon City, Cavite, Batangas, Batanes, Masbate and Zamboanga which included Balud (Masbate) Mayor Marilie Lim and her full slate – Vice Mayor Ruben Jude council members Melissa Aninang, Real Bajande, Roque Dela Cruz, Salvador Delfin, Jr., Geilord Macuha, Jinky Nuevo, Serafin Sese, Jr., and Paulino Tacurda took their oath to follow PFP’s vision.
Present as witnesses in the oath-taking were AnaKalusugan Partylist Rep. Mike Defensor, SAGIP Partylist Rep. Rodante Marcoleta and Atty. Vic Rodriguez, PFP’s executive vice president and chief of staff of the former senator.
The PFP was the first political party to endorse the candidacy of BBM as president for the 2022 elections.
While there’s no formal acceptance from BBM himself, Rodriguez, who’s also the party’s general campaign manager for the 2022 national elections, said the former senator is still in the process of weighing-in all available possibilities.
“He will announce his decision after he is through with the most-needed consultations with grassroots leaders all over the country,” said Rodriguez.