Cojuangco torn between two presidential cousins

January 21, 2010 at 9:36 am Leave a comment


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

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“They are both my cousins!” Cojuango (5th District, Pangasinan) answered when asked who of the two leading presidentiables he will be supporting.

Cojuangco, the son of former Ambassador Eduardo Cojuangco, the founder of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) hesitated at first when asked to whom his heart belongs between his two cousins – Senator Noynoy Aquino and former Defense chief Gibo Teodoro.

He explained that he and his family are neutral in the presidential contest.

He said that he and the NPC have done already their duty to the country by endorsing a presidential bet in Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero – who backed out after a poor showing in the survey.

“Unfortunately our political fortune is not with us in the (presidential) election,” he stressed.

He said however the party is 100 percent behind the candidacy of vice presidential bet Loren Legarda because of her viability.

Cojuangco is the first cousin of Teodoro as his father Danding, the chairman of the mammoth San Miguel Corporation, is the older brother of Gibo’s mother Mercedes.

Noynoy is the second cousin of Mark where Aquino’s mother Corazon, the late former Philippine president, is the first cousin of Danding.

Although the families of Mark and Benigno Jr. are political enemies in the provincial and national politics, Teodoro has differences too with his uncle Danding when he bolted the NPC and joined the Lakas-Kampi CMD which showed him that he could be its presidential contender.

The Cojuangcos, Teodoros, and Aquinos come from the province of Tarlac .

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