President Benigno Simeon Aquino III endorsed Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson and former Councilor Greg Gasataya as official candidates for congressman, mayor and vice mayor in Bacolod City, respectively, during the grand rally of Team PNoy in front of the Cebu Capitol Building Friday.
The President’s endorsement is expected to boost the candidates of the Liberal Party-Nationalist Peoples Coalition in Bacolod City.
Leonardia yesterday said the President raised their hands during the rally, and those of two other groups composed of city and provincial officials of Team PNoy in Cebu.
He estimated that the crowd at the rally, which filled the Cebu Capitol grounds and Fuente Osmeña Street, was about 65,000.
The Mayor said the President asked them who their opponents were during their meeting that was facilitated by Team PNoy campaign manager, Senator Franklin Drilon.
Leonardia, Sayson and Gasataya had earlier been endorsed by Drilon, during the Team PNoy campaign sortie in Bacolod City organized by Grupo Progreso in March 2013.*CGS