2022 Philippine Elections

WATCH: Can Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte clinch the ‘One Cebu Island’ vote?

Bea Cupin, Ryan Macasero
WATCH: Can Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte clinch the ‘One Cebu Island’ vote?

Presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte lead the UniTeam Festival Rally at the Citi de Mare, Filinvest Ground in South Road Properties, Cebu City on April 18, 2022. Jacqueline Hernandez/Rappler

Rappler reporters dissect and assess One Cebu and Uniteam's show of force in the vote-rich province

CEBU CITY, Philippines – For their first and possibly only major campaign sortie in vote-rich Cebu province, the Uniteam tandem and their provincial allies pulled all the stops in hopes of wooing and securing the Cebuano vote. 

Days after the Uniteam alliance and regional party One Cebu sealed a deal, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte headlined a “festival rally” on April 18 at the Filinvest Grounds in SRP, Cebu City – the first time they staged a major political event in the city and the province.

The pair had visited Cebu several times in the past – before their tandem was made official, prior to the campaign period, and finally when the alliance was finalized, to name a few.

A lot is at stake in Cebu province, home to 3.2 million registered voters. 

In the 2016 vice presidential elections, Marcos Jr. wasn’t Cebu’s top pick. Most Cebuanos voted for Vice President Leni Robredo, then backed by the ruling Liberal Party, and then Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, who was backed by One Cebu. Marcos Jr. was a distant third. 

But things are very different in 2016. Experts have seen the presidency as a virtual two-way race between Marcos Jr. and Robredo. This time, it is the late dictator’s son who has dominated voter preference polls in Central Visayas. This time, it is Marcos Jr. who has the backing of the province’s incumbents. 

Make better sense of the political landscape in Cebu City, Cebu province, and why the push for a “One Cebu Island” in the context of 2022 signals a shift in political alliances and strategies in the province, with Rappler reporters Ryan Macasero, who is based in Cebu; and Bea Cupin, who covers the Uniteam tandem. 

WATCH: Can Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte clinch the ‘One Cebu Island’ vote?
WATCH: Can Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte clinch the ‘One Cebu Island’ vote?

You can also watch key speeches from the April 18 rally here:

WATCH: Can Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte clinch the ‘One Cebu Island’ vote?
WATCH: Can Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte clinch the ‘One Cebu Island’ vote?
WATCH: Can Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte clinch the ‘One Cebu Island’ vote?
WATCH: Can Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte clinch the ‘One Cebu Island’ vote?

– Rappler.com

Bea Cupin

Bea is a senior multimedia reporter who covers national politics. She's been a journalist since 2011 and has written about Congress, the national police, and the Liberal Party for Rappler.

Ryan Macasero

Ryan covers Cebu and the Visayas for Rappler. He covers all news in the region, but is particularly interested in people stories, development issues and local policy making.