2022 Philippine Elections

‘Anti-Marcos country’ no more: Bongbong to beat Robredo in Cebu by landslide

Ryan Macasero
‘Anti-Marcos country’ no more: Bongbong to beat Robredo in Cebu by landslide

MARCOS IN CEBU. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte in Cebu last April 12. Jacqueline Hernandez/Rappler

Jacqueline Hernandez/Rappler

Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is set to defeat Vice President Leni Robredo in Cebu, a province she once beat him in by a landslide


CEBU CITY, Philippines – Presumptive president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. pulled off an unprecedented victory in a province that was once known as “opposition country.” 

Data transparency server data showed Marcos defeating Vice President Leni Robredo by a landslide with over 1.4 million votes to her 557,122 votes.

This is more votes than President Rodrigo Duterte got in the vote-rich province in 2016, when 1.1 million voters chose him as president then.

Robredo, who won Cebu in 2016 with over 800,000 votes, received fewer votes this time.

Aside from his formidable online and offline political machinery, Marcos was able to pull off the victory with the support of the powerful One Cebu party, led by Governor Gwen Garcia, with whom he sealed an alliance in April. 

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Marcos also had the support of Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama’s Partido Barug. 

Robredo, on the other hand, had the support of the Osmeña family, Vice Governor Hilario “Junjun” Davide III, and other small town mayors.

The province was known as opposition territory for its crucial role in the opposition movement against late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, the father of Bongbong. (READ: [ANALYSIS] Why Cebu is historically renowned as anti-Marcos country)

His running mate Sara Duterte is also expected to win by a landslide with 69% of Cebu’s vote with 1.7 million votes. Coming in second place in Cebu is Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, who traces his roots here, with 343,966 votes.

Cebu, including its independent capital Mandaue City and Lapu-Lapu City, is the most vote-rich province in the Philippines with over 3.2 million voters. – Rappler.com

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Ryan Macasero

Ryan covers social welfare for Rappler. He started at Rappler as social media producer in 2013, and later took on various roles for the company: editor for the #BalikBayan section, correspondent in Cebu, and general assignments reporter in the Visayas region. He graduated from California State University, East Bay, with a degree in international studies and a minor in political science. Outside of work, Ryan performs spoken word poetry and loves attending local music gigs. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmacasero or drop him leads for stories at ryan.macasero@rappler.com