CABANATUAN City, Nueva Ecija: THE Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) will announce next month the presidential and vice presidential candidates it will support in the May 9 elections, Senator Vicente Sotto 3rd said on Friday.
Sotto, a member of NPC and a guest senatorial candidate of Partido Galing at Puso (PGP) of Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero, said they are just waiting for the official announcement of the party set for the first week of March.
According to Sotto the party is likely to support the tandem of Poe and Escudero based on the inputs he has been getting from some members of the party.
“Definitely there will be a party decision. Majority of NPC members will support Sen. Poe.
We are waiting for the final or official statement that will come from (Isabela) Gov. Dy and (Rep.) Gigi Aggabao (NPC president) for the announcement,” added Sotto, one of the leading senatorial candidates based on the pre-election surveys.
The veteran lawmaker admitted that it is the first time the NPC was not able to decide early on who to support in the elections but he made it clear that the pending disqualification case against Poe has nothing to with it.
“It is not the disqualification cases against Sen. Poe that is preventing us to make an early decision on who to support. What June Dy told me is that they are just collating the reports that they gathered from members of NPC nationwide,” Sotto explained.
“But generally, he (Dy) senses that majority of the members are for Poe,” he added.
NPC is the second biggest political party in the Philippines, founded by Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr., when he ran for president in 1992.
The party currently has 250 members including two incumbent senators, 40 congressmen and 14 governors.
Cojuangco’s son, Mark, a former representative of Tarlac is reportedly supporting the candidacy of vice president Jejomar Binay of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
Asked if all members of NPC will go all out for Poe-Escudero once the party officially made the announcement, Sotto said that while party members are expected to follow the decision of NPC leadership, they are free to choose which candidates to support.