CONTRARY to reports that the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) has decided to throw its support behind the candidacy of Sen. Grace Poe in next year’s elections, a party ally said this would change if Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. decides to join the presidential derby.
Vicente Millora, president of the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL), said the NPC is willing to adopt Marcos as its presidential candidate as he is the godson of the party’s founder, tycoon Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr.
The NPC was formed in the early 1990s to serve as the vehicle for Cojuangco’s unsuccessful presidential bid.
“Bongbong could be the candidate of NPC with the support of Pagkakaisa ng mga Pilipino para sa Pilipinas (PPP), a coalition formed between two political parties: the KBL and the Partido ng Manggagawa at Magsasaka (PMM),” Millora, a former governor of Pangasinan province, told the Times
The coalition is rooting for a Marcos-Duterte tandem but the two has yet to decide whether they would run for a higher post in next year’s election.
“Initially, we were endorsing a Marcos-Duterte tandem but the Davao City mayor has already declared that he won’t run for a higher position in next year’s polls,” Millora said.
Millora claimed that Marcos was supposed to make an announcement on Sunday, September 20, at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan but the event was cancelled.
“The Philippine Arena convention of the PPP coalition was postponed in deference to Marcos’ official declaration. It is probably going to be done on September 27,” he said, adding that the event would coincide with 150th birth anniversary of Filipino patriot, Gen. Miguel Malvar, grandfather of PMM president Jose Malvar Villegas.
Asked on why the Ilocano lawmaker deserves their support, Villegas said that Marcos is the only candidate who opposed the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) which they think is “a sell-out of our patrimony to a foreign country like Malaysia who brokered the BBL with the present administration.”
“Other presidential candidates have refused to publicly oppose the BBL. He’s the only one who opposed it,” he added.
In case Marcos won’t run for president, Villegas said the coalition will convene and will choose who among those who already declared their candidacy.
“We will look for another one or not to support at all this election by boycotting it,” he noted.
“As of now, PMM refused to support any of those three [former Interior secretary Mar Roxas, Vice President Jejomar Binay, and Senator Grace Poe]until such time that the final day of the filing of the Certificate of the Candidacy, we will find someone other than the three who is worthy of our support,” Villegas said.
He said party member and former senator Ernesto Herrera is endorsing Rep. Roy Señeres of the OFW party-list as their standard-bearer.
“If Bongbong do not run and Señeres, a known labor party leader, filed his candidacy then maybe the labor party then probably we will switch our support to Señeres,” Villegas said.
“For us, Marcos is the most qualified among the presidential candidates in the present condition because we are starting a new neo-colonial type of government. I believe all three presidential candidates are subservient to the American interest,” Villegas added.
“The fact that he [Marcos] opposed the BBL is an indication that he is ready to fight foreign interest because BBL is a foreign-designed, we know all of that. We need a leader that can end the neo-colonial situation in the Philippines that started with former president [Manuel] Quezon down the line,” he said.
Villegas said he believes Marcos will not follow the dictatorial character of his father.
“He does not follow. Bongbong would not be the same like his father,” he stressed.
Villegas also believes that the senator will be the one who is capable to unleash in favor of the country the so-called Marcos wealth which has stayed stagnant in several countries all over the world.
Villegas said the coalition will still look who among the vice presidential aspirants who have already declared their candidacy will be supported.
“We’re still studying that because there’s only one who already declared his vice presidential bid,” he said, referring to Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero who already announced his vice presidential bid last week, along with Senator Poe as independent candidates.