After traveling to Abra for 8 hours on Tuesday, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte promised an airport – should he win the presidential elections.
Duterte said, as reported in GMA News Online: "I will build an airport in the extreme north plus a feeder road para mabilis ang biyahe."
He also linked the lack of infrastructure in the province to the disproportional distribution of the national budget.
"Sixty-four percent of the budget for infrastructure is allotted for Metro Manila, and the remainder is distributed to the rest of the country. But how are we supposed to live on that? We can't build roads to connect farmers to their markets."
Abra is part of the Solid North, a goldmine of votes for budding presidential candidates since it has repeatedly acted close to a regional bloc vote for the infamous dictator, Former President Ferdinand Marcos, Sr.
However, according to CNN Philippines, the Solid North has grown divided in its years after the Marcos regime. The same report said that the Solid North has over 5 million voters.
Abra has over 150, 000 voters.
Photo By Sun Star Davao