Former Senator and leading presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos and Sen. Manny Pacquiao (Phil. Tribune courtesy)
By Junex Doronio
October 29, 2021
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — Even before the Spanish colonization, history has depicted Cebu as a thriving commercial center, and now presidential aspirants Manny Pacquiao and Bongbong Marcos have promised to fully develop this vote-rich island province.
Pacquiao said — if elected as president — he will build a subway system to address the worsening traffic situation while Marcos vowed to continue to develop Cebu as an economic hub by building more infrastructure.
“Lalong paunlarin natin ang Cebu. Dapat ang Cebu magkaroon ng additional, magkaroon na ng skyway magkaroon na ng subway system. Mas maganda tong Cebu City pag magkaroon ng subway system dahil medyo matraffic na rin at malago yung ekonomiya dito,” said Pacquiao on Thursday, October 28.
A week ago, Marcos said that Cebu would be an important part of his development plan of the country should he be elected president.
He noted that Cebuanos have a strong entrepreneurial spirit that can be used as an advantage in making better deals with the public and private sectors sharing.
His elder sister, Senator Imee Marcos had floated the idea of “BBM-Pacquiao tandem” but the retired boxing icon politely turned it down, saying he is determined to pursue his presidential bid.
Some political observers, however, said it is still possible that Marcos and Pacquiao unite “for the sake of healing” the country that has been wracked by divisive politics.