Erap confident of Solid North vote due to loyalty to Marcos LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte â€“ Former President Joseph Estrada, standard-bearer of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP), remains confident that the people of Ilocos Norte would still support his candidacy despite the political affiliation of Ferdinand â€œBongbongâ€� Marcos with the Nacionalista Party (NP) of Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. Estrada, in an interview upon arrival at the Laoag Interna-tional Airport here, yesterday said Ilocanos would vote for him as they did in the 1998 presi-dential elections when he got a solid vote from the so-called Solid North. According to him, the Ilocanos know of his loyalty to the late President Ferdinand Marcos. Estrada recalled that he was one of those who visited the late strongman who was in exile in Honolulu, Hawaii against the advice of his fellow senators. He said Ilocanos would remember that he was a good friend to the Marcoses. Estrada was with running mate Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay and PMP senatorial candidates, former Sen. Francisco â€œKitâ€� Tatad, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada, ZTE national broadband whistle-blower Jose de Venecia III and former Negros Occidental Rep. Apolinario â€œJunâ€� Lozada. Bongbong Marcos is running for senator under the banner of the NP although he is also a guest candidate of the PMP. Estrada added that while the Arroyo government is celebrating Edsa 2 in Manila, the PMP decided to continue its provincial sorties. He noted that celebrating Edsa 2 is a shame. â€œOur democracy became a joke the past nine years. The challenge of the next president is to bring back the integrity of our democracy,â€� Estrada said in his message regarding the People Power Revolution being celebrated in Manila. Estrada noted that the bible of our democracy, the Constitution, has repeatedly been trampled upon by the present administration to the point that Philippine democracy has become a joke to the worldwide community. Meanwhile, NP candidates led by Villar yesterday virtually made a â€œsortieâ€� inside Camp Aguinaldo, the general headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) which is supposed to be insulated from any partisan political activity. Villar, along with his running mate Sen. Loren Legarda and several members of the NP senatorial lineup, held a unity walk outside the compound of the Intelligence Service of the AFP (Isafp) after a visit to detained Marine Col. Ariel Querubin, who is seeking a Senate seat under the NP banner. They are also bent on pursuing Querubinâ€™s temporary release from detention, to allow him to campaign for his senatorial bid. â€œWe will try to exhaust all means even if we know that being in the opposition could be make things more difficult for him. But we will try to do the best we can,â€� Villar said. The senator said he will make representations with the authorities, in hope of forging an arrangement through appropriate procedures to address the situation of Querubin. AFP spokesman Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner, however, maintained the military leadership gave the go signal for Villarâ€™s group visit. Brawner said AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Victor Ibrado, who has been reiterating his reminder for the military troops to remain non-partisan, was aware of the scheduled visit of Villar to Querubin who has been detained at the Isafp. â€œThat is an ordinary visit to their partymate, this was coursed through the camp commander and CS (Ibrado). The CS said that it is not allowed to campaign inside the camp but since itâ€™s an ordinary visit to a detained partymember, the CS allowed it on condition that they will not campaign inside and they did not campaign, what they did was not campaigning,â€� Brawner explained. â€œWhen you campaign, you are telling the people outright to vote for them,â€� he added. But in a statement released after the briefing, Brawner stated â€œthe AFP said the group of Senator Villar violated an agreement that no campaigning will be done when they were allowed to visit Querubin inside Camp Aguinaldo today (Thursday). Senator Villar and members of his party made a unity walk and raised the hands of their candidates. The CSAFP (Ibrado) instructed that the group of Senator Villar be warned against repeating such actions when they visit Querubin in the future. â€œMoreover, the Military Police has been reminded to strictly implement the policy that no vehicles with campaign stickers or posters will be allowed inside the camp,â€� Brawner added in the statement. Aside from the NP candidates, campaign materials like posters and leaflets from their vehicles were seen by the media who caught the unity walk on camera.