GOV. Gwendolyn Garcia says she finds senatorial candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., “very sensible and brilliant.”

It helps that Marcos used to be governor of Ilocos Norte, Garcia said, and he understands what local government empowerment can do to improve the countryside.

“So we had a very, very substantive conversation,” Garcia told Sun.Star Cebu, adding that they were able to draw insights from one another as far as the local governance is concerned.

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Garcia and Marcos talked for an hour at her office yesterday, before her flight to Barcelona, Spain for a business trip.

Their discussion focused mainly on the health care program of Cebu Province.

The local party has not yet announced whom to support in the senatorial race in May.

Support

With Cebu as a vote-rich province, a number of national candidates have been courting Garcia for her support. Garcia leads the local political party One Cebu.

Interviewed after his talk with Garcia, Marcos said he has been getting good reaction from Cebuanos. He said he can count on the support of the Cebuanos even if Cebu was identified as an opposition country during his father’s time, the late president Ferdinand Marcos.

“(It’s) not an issue anymore (that he’s a dictator’s son). My father won here in 1969, against a Cebuano, an Osmeña. I think the opposition that Cebu has is to imperial Manila. It’s the arrogant attitude of Manila, something I have to agree very much with... Actually, (his candidacy) is something for the people to decide,” Marcos told Sun.Star Cebu.

He also assured to help Cebu in case it will develop the wind farm, eyed by the Department of Energy (DOE) as an energy source. Marcos was governor of Ilocos Norte when the wind farm there was built.

DOE Visayas Director Antonio Labios considered the mountain areas in the towns of Alcoy, Carmen and Daanbantayan as possible sources of wind power.

Marcos said he is armed with a “very good working knowledge of what is required for a wind farm to be developed.”

He said his province was the first to have the technology in the country.

“Don’t wait for foreign funding. I can find you the funding. I know all the groups and I can find the funding. As long as the technical requirements are achieved and it is shown that the wind data that is taken over one year or more is going to be commercially viable, we can find the capital for that,” Marcos said.

He said he has “very good connections in terms of the supply of wind turbine and the commercial wind farm” because top officials of corporations around the world already visited his province.

He said Cebu should determine if the development of a wind farm can be sustained as a business enterprise because it is difficult to get the government’s support.

When they first developed the first phase of their wind farm, they were able to get 24 MW but it cost them nearly USD$ 50 million. He said businessmen, not the government, should look for the capital.