The estimated 2.4 million registered voters in Cebu could easily sway in favor of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte whose roots can be traced in Cebu.
This was the personal opinion made by 3rd District Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia while interviewed by CNN Philippines Cebuano Monday afternoon. The interview came at a time when three perceived presidentiables — Mar Roxas, VP Jejomar Binay, and Senator Grace Poe where all in Cebu to attend separate events.
Rep. Garcia said that Cebuanos are known to rally behind politicians whose roots are from Cebu.
“Kitang mga Bisaya manghugpong man gyud ta. Ako, isip usa ka Bisaya, humok ang kasing-kasing sa isig ka Bisaya,” Rep. Garcia said.
Duterte’s late father, Davao Gov. Vicente Duterte, once served as mayor of Danao City in Cebu.The late Cebu City mayor Ronald Duterte, son of former mayor Ramon Duterte Sr., was his cousin.
Duterte also counts among his relatives the politically active Durano, Almendras and Patalinghug clans in Cebu.
Political analyst Manny Casiple also said that it is highly plausible for Duterte to get the Cebuano votes considering his charisma. And of the four perceived presidentiables, Duterte has roots in Cebu which is a big plus.
It has been almost six decades since a Bisaya was elected president of the Philippines – Carlos P. Garcia of Bohol, who served from 1957 to 1961.