MAASIN CITY, Philippines- “I am confident that the same people and more who voted for me as their governor for two terms will put me again as the lone Representative of Southern Leyte on May 13,”said incumbent Southern Leyte Governor Damain “Mian” Mercado two days before election.
Mercado of the Nationalist Unity Party-Team PNoy, is gunning for the lone district representative of the province.
He switched with his brother Congressman Roger G. Mercado who is running as governor.
“My brother and I worked harmoniously for the development of the province. That’s the advantage of leaders when you are in one party and can work as a team. For several years we have shown that working as a team will do tremendous progress and allow us to deliver the services our constituents deserve,” Mercado said.
He dismissed talks that the Mercados will not win because they were not endorsed by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III but endorse the other Liberal Party candidates instead during the latter’s visit in this city two weeks ago.
Mercado opined that: “There are no changes and there will be no changes. Way milimbag nga atong candidate sa local, wala poy milimbag nga atong mga supporters. They remain true to us because they know the Mercado brothers and our party-mates have proven we have delivered the services to our constituents. We have provided jobs, livelihood, healthcare, education, built necessary infrastructures and other assistance to our constituents.”
The governor stood his ground to support President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and his senatorial bets.
“I wanted to make it unequivocally clear that my brother and I support the President. We continue to campaign for the whole slate 12-0 for LP senatorial slate,” said Mercado during the interview.
“Even if we are not under the party of President Aquino, he still supported us for the last three years by giving us the needed funding for infrastructures and other assistance to better the lives of our constituents. In his visit the President Noy even mentioned the improvements to be done in Maasin airport,” Mercado quipped.
Mercado is a civil engineer by profession and his political political career started when he served as Barangay Captain in Abgao, one of the most populous barangays in the city of Maasin. Then he was the undisputed three-termer Mayor of Maasin.
He was the first mayor when Maasin was declared a city 12-years ago. He then served as governor of the province for two terms with flying colors.
Governor Mercado’s rivals are Marisa Y. Lerias of the Liberal Party and lawyer Rico Rentuza of Akbayan.