The Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) has not officially thrown its support behind Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. but it is seriously considering backing his plan to run for President if his program of governance will favor the party, according to Rep. Mark Enverga, NPC spokesman.
Enverga on Sunday said his party “would be honored to hear Marcos’ platform of governance if he is interested to run for the presidency” next year.
But the NPC decision on who to support in 2016 will depend on the “appreciation” of the majority of the party members of Marcos’ programs for the next six years, he pointed out.
Vicente Millora, president of the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL), earlier said the NPC is willing to adopt Marcos as its presidential candidate because he is the godson of business tycoon Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr., the founder of NPC.
Cojuangco ran for President in 1992 but he lost to then Defense Secretary Fidel V. Ramos.
Enverga dismissed Millora’s statement, saying the NPC National Council is yet to decide who to support in next year’s elections.
He noted that Marcos has not declared if he will seek the presidency.
Enverga said the NPC is inviting all personalities who have declared their intention to run for President to meet party officials “to give all ‘presidentiables’ the equal opportunity to lay out their plans and programs in order for us to assess and process.”
“It is in this manner that we believe that we could come out with the best choice to support,” he explained.
Earlier, Valenzuela City (Metro Manila) Mayor Rexlon Gatchalian told The Manila Times that the NPC will decide based on party principles and core values, not on any special relations.