BAGUIO CITY -- After expressing confidence that majority of La Union root for him, Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard-bearer Gilbert Teodoro asserted that he has gotten the support of this city.

In an interview with media on Sunday during the culmination of the Flower Festival here, he said he got the assurance of the majority of local officials in Baguio and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

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“We are very eager to help and support the candidacy of Gibo and we see no reason why he cannot win in Baguio and the (CAR) region if we work hard for him,” Congressman Mauricio Domogan said.

Domogan, who is the regional chairman and city chairman of Lakas-Kampi-CMD, said they believe in Teodoro and he is the most qualified among all the presidential candidates.

The lawmaker said that in Abra alone, Governor Eustaquio "Takit" Bersamin, Congressman Lucas Bersamin and 90 percent of incumbent mayors root for Teodoro.

Benguet is also rallying behind Teodoro, he added.

La Trinidad, Benguet Mayor Artemio Galwan said they will all work hard for Teodoro to ensure his victory.

“With my consultation with the business leaders and professionals in La Trinidad, Gibo has a clear support because of his sincerity to lead this country forward,” Galwan said.

Domogan said that what drives them in supporting Teodoro is the administration party bet’s clean name.

“There are no negative issues hounding him, he is very intelligent and hardworking and he has shown a genuine concern for his countrymen,” he said.

Earlier, La Union Representative Victor Ortega said that several Ilokano lawmakers in the House of Representatives have joined hands to support Teodoro, tagging it as "Northern alliance."

Reiterating other Lakas-Kampi members' view, Domogan said they are not bothered by surveys believing that Teodoro could still catch up.

Panagbenga festival

Teodoro, during the Panagbenga festival, walked through the crowd to shake hands, chat, sign autographs and have pictures taken with both tourists and natives.

He had a short visit to the Athletic Bowl, where he watched the display of giant floats of flowers.

“I like moving around people this way,” said Gibo. “You get to hear the sentiments and problems of ordinary people first-hand, up close and personal.”

Teodoro mounted the stage at the Athletic Field to wave at the parade of floats. He was joined by Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla and Lito Lapid.

Teodoro is positive that he will get majority of the support of the people in Baguio especially the youth. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)