BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Former town mayor Esteban “Sonny” Coscolluela called for unity and urged Negrenses to move as one for the nation after former solon Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr and his runningmate, Sara Duterte-Carpio were declared winners as president and vice president, respectively, in the 9 May 2022 polls.
Provincial Vice-Governor Jeffrey Ferrer, also a Marcos backer, called the duo’s win “historic,” as he pointed out that they “come from one team and voted by a majority” as he wished them “all the best.”
Marcos, who was supposedly backed by 29 mayors in the province, lost to closest rival, opposition leader Leni Robredo who got 527,321 against BBM’s 482,344.
However, in Bacolod, Marcos won with 121,179 votes, Robredo, the nearest contender got 112,051.
“It is the time for us to move forward and help in the healing of divisions and to make our country great again,” Coscolluela told DNX after the House-Senate national canvass body proclaimed Marcos and Duterte late this afternoon, 25 May 2022.
The younger Marcos got more than 30 million votes, surpassing those garnered by outgoing President Duterte.
He won over a field of 10 contenders making him the first majority president in recent years.