CEBU CITY (3rd Update) -- Former Cebu governor Emilio "Lito" Osmeña announced Thursday, March 31, that he is supporting Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero's candidacy for vice president in the May 9 elections.
He said he is supporting Escudero is "for the people's sake."
In a text message, Escudero expressed gratitude over Osmeña's endorsement on his vice presidential bid.
"I thank him for his expression of support. I respect and admire his patriotism and deep love and understanding of the Cebuanos, their history and culture," Escudero told Sun.Star.
Escudero is the runningmate of Senator Grace Poe.
Osmeña announced earlier that he will vote for Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for president because of the latter's campaign for federalism and fight against illegal drugs.
He said all the candidates are good, but Duterte and Escudero are "better" than the others.
Osmena also said Thursday that he is supporting One Cebu candidates Winston Garcia for Cebu governor and Nerissa Soon-Ruiz for vice governor, because they have contributed to Cebu's development even when he was still the province's governor.
"They (Garcia and Soon-Ruiz) were the most helpful during my term (as Cebu governor)," he said. (Sunnex)