BY ROGER M. BALANZA
To Cebuanos, Marcos is a dreaded word that recalls painful memories of the Ferdinand Marcos Martial Law Regime.
Fearing a return of martial law, Cebuanos are standing up as one to oppose the vice presidential bid of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, son of late President FerinandMarcos, who was deposed by a People Power Revolution in 1986 after a 20-year rule.
Cebu’s opposition to the Marcos is historic.
“We will remain that way,” said Noel Tabasa, spokesman of the Anti-Bongbong Marcos Coalition (ABC) in Cebu in a press conference on April 17 in Lahug.
Tabasa, an activist arrested and tortured during the Marcos dictatorship, said Cebu served as a stronghold for democracy during martial law.
Tabasa predicts a Marcos defeat in Cebu and the entire Visayas region citing latest results of surveys.
“Marcos is not in the picture in Visayas,” Tabasa said.
In the latest SWS/Bilang Pilipino surveys for the Visayas, Marcos was only at fourth place, with Robredo leading with 36% and followed by Escudero (24%), Marcos (18%), Cayetano (15%), Trillanes (4%), and Honasan (1%).
Tabasa fears though that massive vote-buying by Marcos will alter the figure. Still he believes that Cebuanos will not sell their proud anti-Marcos legacy.
I believe Cebuanos will not sell their votes to Bongbong Marcos, Tabasa said.
Even as Bongbong Marcos has a lot of money, he cannot buy the votes of Cebuanos because we are a very proud people, he said in a report in Rappler.
Tabasa said the Anti-Bongbong Marcos Coalition (ABC) will continue to organize events and gatherings to stop Marcos from becoming the next vice-president.