SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union –- Members of a political family who are slugging it out for local positions in this province have set aside their political differences and expressed support to Vice Presidential candidate, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.

Marcos was welcomed by La Union Governor candidte Mario Ortega his older brothers Mario, Jose Maria “Pepe”, and San Fernando City Mayor Pablo Ortega at the San Fernando Airport Thursday morning.

The caravan then, proceeded San Juan Municipal hall, where Marcos was met by Mayor Ruben Valero after which he was spiritually blessed at the Cathedral of St. William the Hermit, in San Vicente.

In the said province, the Ortega clan will fight each other for different local posts, Mario, will slug it out with nephew Francisco Emmanuel Ortega III for the gubernatorial post.

In the mayoral race in San Fernando, Manix Ortega will clash with uncle Jose Maria Pepe .

For a seat in the House of Representatives, Pablo will fight his nephew, Board Member Emmanuel Victor “Mannix” Ortega, son of La Union Gov. Manuel Ortega, who is retiring from politics after his last term.

On the other hand, Marcos expressed confidence that his campaign is gathering momentum to make the “Solid North” the bedrock of his advocacy for national unity.

“Talagang napakainit ng pagsalubong at syempre nakakatuwa makita na mukhang mabubuo ulit ang Solid North at dito mag-start ang pagkakaisa,” he said.

On Wednesday, Marcos met and held a dialogue with local political leaders and heads of various peoples’ organizations in Bangued, Abra.

The senator added, “Natutuwa ako na nakarating kami dito at nakasama natin laat ng iba’t-ibang kandidate. At ang magandang development dito ang magkabilang panig sa pulitika ay sumasama kaya very encouraging ang naging bisita dito sa Bangued.”

Abra Provincial Board Member Brix Bachiller, who was the master of ceremonies, told Marcos that local leaders coming from different political affiliations were waiting for him to show their support for his candidacy.

“Kasama rin po ang mga candidates sa pagka-mayor, vice mayor at bang posisyon galing sa magkakaibang panig. Kinalimutan po namin ang pulitika makita lang si Bongbong Marcos,” he said at the event held at the Bangued Gymnasium.

The families of Valera and Bersamin are said to be political rivals in Abra.

Marcos noted that since 1986 the Solid North has remained relatively dormant and had only showed signs of its latent force when Ilocanos backed his candidacy for the Senate in 2010.

He said that its time the Solid North once again display the unity the Ilocano people are known for and show to the entire country what a united people can do, particularly in achieving the vision of a brighter future for all Filipinos.

Before the visit in Abra, Marcos and running presidential mate Senator Miriam Defender Santiago kicked off their campaign in Ilocos Norte on Tuesday and immediately followed by a sortie in Ilocos Sur. Ferdinand Patinio/PNA/northboundasia.com