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Ferrer slams BBM detractors


Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer yesterday came to the rescue of presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr., as he slammed the rudeness of some supporters of a presidential candidate, of which he did not identify, for throwing campaign flyers and insulting him during their campaign sorties on February 23 in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.

Videos are circulating in the social media of a group calling Marcos Jr. a “thief” while campaign flyers were thrown at him as he was trying to reach the hands of people who were lined up along the highway of Talisay City.

What had happened reflects the image of Negrosanons, Ferrer said, who was among those who facilitated and arranged the caravan and proclamation rally of UniTeam candidates led by Marcos Jr. and his running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, on Wednesday at the BREDCO Port open area in Bacolod City.

A staunch supporter of BBM-Sara tandem, Ferrer said they will not press charges against a woman, whom they already identified, for throwing flyers at BBM, stressing that “we will not stoop down to that level.”

Alleged supporters of presidential candidate vice-president Leni Robredo were mixed with supporters of BBM-Sara as the caravan of vehicles passed along the national highway of Talisay City.

Despite the insults he received, Ferrer said that BBM responded with a “sign of peace.”

He called on supporters of other presidential candidate to “educate their followers.” After all, after the elections, we are still one as Negrosanons, said Ferrer, who is married to Rep. Juliet Marie Ferrer (4th district, Negros Occ), a granddaughter of the late former Ambassador Roberto Salas Benedicto, a known crony of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

It should be a high-level campaign, he stressed, adding that what had been done against BBM reflects the image of the province, because of such attitude.

“Just campaign for your candidate and your principles, we will also campaign ours,” he stressed, apparently referring to detractors of the Marcos family.

Ferrer claimed that the grand caravan and rally of UniTeam in Negros Occidental, turned out to be a tremendous success, participated in by the more than 100,000 people, including those joining the caravan, and waited along the 16-kilometer stretch highway from Silay to Bacolod City.

The caravan of vehicles lasted for three hours, he added.

Asked of his reactions on insults being hurled at BBM, allegedly of being a “magnanakaw” (thief), Ferrer said “it’s the opinion of those individuals,” stressing also that BBM was still young when his father served as president of the Philippines.

If he is a thief, he could not had been a congressman, governor and a senator, he further stressed.

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday congratulated Ferrer for the successful grand proclamation rally of the UniTeam in Bacolod City.

Twenty-nine of the 31 mayors in Negros Occidental, excluding highly-urbanized Bacolod City, manifested their support to the BBM-Sara tandem during a meeting with them on Wednesday at the Stonehill Suites in Bacolod City, according to Ferrer.*

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March 2023

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