2 Bicol governors back BBM-Sara

By Rhaydz B. Barcia


The governors of two Bicol provinces have finally came out in the open to show their support behind presidential aspirant ex-Senator Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos Jr. (BBM) and his running mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.


This development surfaced on Wednesday, Feb. 16, after Masbate 3rd District Rep. Wilton Kho posted on his Facebook page that his father, Masbate Gov. Antonio Kho has officially declared his support behind the BBM-Sara tandem.


“Red team of Masbate under the leadership of Governor Tony Kho is for Bongbong Marcos and Uniteam! We officially announce that Team KHO fully supports the candidacy of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte. Let’s go Uniteam!,” he said on his Facebook page.


Congressman Tonton Kho is the eldest son of Governor Antonio Kho and Congresswoman Elisa Olga Kho, who is currently the representative of Masbate’s 2nd District. The latter is also a former governor of the province.

BBM BACKERS Two Bicolano governors are shown expressing their support for (center) presidential aspirant Bong Bong Marcos (BBM). They are Catanduanes Gov. Joseph Cua (first from left) and Masbate Gov. Tony Kho (3rd from left).


In a picture uploaded by the Rep. Tonton Kho on Facebook, Masbate Gov. Antonio Kho and Catanduanes Gov. Joseph “Boboy” Cua are seen with the son of the late dictator, with their hands raised, the traditional gesture of unity among candidates.


Meanwhile, Camarines Norte Gov. Edgar Tallado issued a statement to clarify news reports that he already endorsed BBM for President. He said he was not in the picture with BBM and two Bicol governors and that he did not attend the said meeting.


Tallado said that he has not endorse any presidential aspirant but he confirmed that he is support Mayor Sara Duterte for vice president.


Earlier this month, Camarines Sur 2nd District Rep. LRay Villafuerte and his son, Governor Migz Villafuerte hosted a meeting at the capitol complex for Marcos’ Uniteam led by BBM’s cousin Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez during the Uniteam senatorial candidates’ sortie in Camarines Sur.


With Romualdez were senatorial candidates Jinggoy Estrada, Harry Roque, Prospero Pichay and Ako Bicol partylist founder and first nominee Rep. Elizaldy S. Co.


Rep. LRay Villafuerte, however, was quoted by Tinambac Councilor Jonas Soltes as saying that “May kandidatong Bikolana. Hindi ako mag e-endorse ng Presidente ngunit ipapaubaya ko sainyo kung sino ang napupusoan ninyo, ng mga taga Camsur, na iboto sa pagka-Pangulo. Kung gusto ninyong ma-Leni, ok lang sa akin.”


Villafuerte uttered the statement before all of his provincial political allies on Feb. 12, Soltes said.