RoSa campaign for Leni-Sara tandem spreads to Lanao del Sur

“We should only vote for those we believe deserve it, and not because others want us to vote for their decisions,” said Amenodin Sumagayan, vice mayor of Taraka, brother-in-law of Marawi Mayor Majuli Gandamra

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines — The push for a Leni Robredo-Sara Duterte tandem dubbed RoSa is spreading like wildfire in Mindanao and has reached the predominantly Muslim province of Lanao del Sur.

At least 15 mayors have joined the train and are preparing to launch the RoSa campaign in the province, a mayoral candidate and former president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines said Sunday, March 27, in Lanao del Sur.

Taraka Vice Mayor and Mayor Amenodin Sumagayan said his group expects more officials and candidates, mostly allies of Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal “Bombit” Adiong Jr., to join the RoSa campaign.

Sumagayan, who is seeking to succeed his wife Nashiba as mayor of Taraka, is an ally of Adiong, a supporter of presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Incidentally, Sumagayan’s wife is a sister of Marawi Mayor Magul Gandamra.

“At a local level we are allies, but beyond that we respect each other’s choices. The governor respects our choice,” he said.

Sumagayan’s statement came on the same day that Misami’s Oriental gubernatorial bet and District 2 Representative Juliette Uy announced their decision and her group accrued Vice President Robredo’s presidential candidacy, as well as Davao Mayor Duterte’s campaign for the vice presidency support.

Sumagayan urged residents of Lanao del Sur to consider their election to the presidency during the month-long Ramadan, which begins in April.

“Many of us remember the atrocities that were committed against us in the past during martial law,” he said. “We should only vote for those we believe deserve it and not because others want us to vote for their decisions.”

Sumagayan also said Robredo’s remarks during presidential debates and interviews were factored into her decision to choose the vice president as the “best candidate for the presidency.”

“Their programs and solutions are very specific,” he said.

Sumagayan added that his group admires Robredo’s work, despite the relatively modest budgets made available to the vice president’s office.

“She came and helped us in the difficult times in Lanao del Sur, during the Marawi siege in 2017,” he said.

He said they would also support Sara Duterte for ruling in Davao City. –

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