Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has thrown her weight behind the UniTeam Alliance of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
This follows the endorsement of the candidates by her party Lakas-CMD, which is fielding Mayor Duterte for vice president.
According to the Philippine Star, Arroyo, who is currently seeking election as Pampanga representative, asked her province mates to support the Marcos-Duterte tandem in the May 9 elections. Pampanga has more than 1.5 million registered voters this year.
On Monday (April 4), the day before her 75th birthday, she told the people of her hometown of Lubao that there would be a "landslide victory" for the duo in Pampanga. "I know all of us are for Bongbong Marcos. I hope you give Sara the equal support you gave Noli de Castro, who was my vice president."
In 1998, Arroyo became the first female vice president of the Philippines before being elected as the country's second female president in 2001. She served as president till 2010.
Arroyo thanked President Rodrigo Duterte in 2019 for "[providing] the atmosphere in which the Court had the freedom to acquit me of the trumped up charges of my successor and your predecessor." She had been acquitted three years earlier of alleged misuse of the P366-million intelligence fund of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
The 75-year-old was elected representative of Pampanga's Second District in 2010 and served until 2019, and was also House speaker from 2018 until 2019.
Arroyo is running unopposed in Pampanga. She is set to replace her son Mikey as district representative.