No conflict if Poe, Binay seek NPC support – So

June 22, 2015 at 1:17 pm Leave a comment


By Mortz Ortigoza

Although the son of Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, chairman emeritus of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, endorsed months ago Vice President Jejomar Binay as his presidential bet in the 2016 election, Rosendo So said there was no conflict in case Senator Poe joins the NPC.

TRAIL BLAZER. Senator Grace Poe blazes out 2016 presidential rival Vice President Jejomar Binay in the June 2015 Pulse Asia's  poll survey.

TRAIL BLAZER. Senator Grace Poe blazes out
2016 presidential rival Vice President Jejomar
Binay in the June 2015 Pulse Asia’s poll survey.


So was the provincial campaign manager of the later movie actor Fernando Poe Jr. when he run in the 2004 presidential election.
“Mark (Cojuangco) will wait what the NPC will endorse. He will endorse Binay to the party but he will follow who the party will endorse. That was what Mark said in Sto. Tomas (Pangasinan) when VP Binay was there,” So said.
The NPC is the second most powerful party after the Liberal Party in the country.
Last March, the young Cojuangco said Binay was his personal choice for the presidency. When So brought Senator Poe in Pangasinan some weeks back, the social media was abuzz about the two allies’ conflict in their presidential choices.
“Paano na si Binay ni FC (former Congressman) Mark Cojuangco? Kung si Grace Poe pala ang manok ni Campaign Manager?” posed by one Vangie Padilla.
So said the statement of Cojuangco at the Sto. Tomas meeting that he would support whoever the NPC will endorse, put a period to the “conflict.”
Padilla lauded So for enlightening her.
“Okay.My apologies for not being there Chairman, with your reply I am enlightened,“ she said.
Cojuangco announced last March that he would honor who the NPC would support in the presidential election.
“Bagama’t ako po ay pribadong tao, ako ang chairman ng Nationalist People’s Coalition dito sa probinsiya. Ang proseso namin sa pagpili ng aming susuportahan ay proseso na dinidesisyunan ng mga nakatataas sa amin,” he said.
Liberal Party stalwart and Pangasinan former Congresswoman Rachel Arenas, a senatorial wannabe, denied that Cojuangco’s endorsement of Binay was final.
“Ang pagka-intindi ko Cong Mark has not really endorsed (Binay). Ang nangyari lang ang sabi ni Cong Mark he is waiting for the party’s decision. But alam ko the vice president visited and Cong Mark was with him. Siguro to give respect also because he is the incumbent second highest positioned (person) in the land”.
Arenas, her mother Representative Rosemarie “Baby” Arenas (3rd District, Pangasinan), Former Speaker Jose de Venecia, Representative Gina de Venecia (4th District, Pangasinan, and Representative Marlyn Primicias-Agabas (6th District, Pangasinan) are political allies of Cojuangco.

Earlier, Deputy House Speaker Giorgidi Aggabao, the NPC president, was reported as saying that party members were inclined to support a Poe – (Senator Chiz) Escudero presidential and vice presidential ticket.
“There’s nothing definite, but most of us, most of the members of the NPC, agree with what President Aggabao said,” Senator Tito Sotto said in an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Sotto cited that the duo could easily get the backing of the NPC because they are considered as “closet members” of the Party.

Both Poe and Escudero have no party affiliation.
Escudero was a former presidential bet of the party in the 2010 election but backed out and resigned from the NPC but remained friendly with the party.
In the latest survey of Pulse Asia, Poe zoomed by 8 percentage points Binay who used to reign in the polls.
The lady senator, who has yet to declare her presidencial bid, got 30 percent while Binay, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas settled for 22, 15, 10, and 10 percent, respectively.
In the same survey for the vice presidential bet, Poe, Escudero, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, Duterte, and Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. landed 41, 15, 12, 9, 9 percentage points, respectively.
The survey, conducted from May 30 to June 5, covered 1,200 respondents, 18 years old and above. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
The respondents were asked, “Of the people on this list, whom would you vote for President of the Philippines if the 2016 elections were held today and they were candidates?

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