MAGANES: NPC, the party that will dominate 2016 elections
Right after the announcements of Senators Grace Poe and Francis “Chiz” Escudero that they will be running for president and vice president, respectively in 2016 elections, it was reported that many politicians from other political parties have decided to shift their party loyalty to the Nationalist Peoples’ Coalition (NPC). This was after it was learned that NPC is seemingly leaning towards supporting the candidacies of Grace and Chiz.
NPC, as of now is the second dominant political party in the country, next to the Liberal Party,, which joined the coalition of Team PNoy in the 2010 and 2013 elections. It was founded in 1992 by then Ambassador Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco as his political vehicle for presidency in that year. In strengthening the mission of the party, Cojuangco once said, “A political party that does not touch and improve the lives of the people has no reason to exist.
” At present, two NPC senators are in the Senate Tito Sotto and Loren Legarda with 40 representatives at the House of Representatives. Locally, there are governors, vice governors and members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan with mayors, vice mayors and members of the Sangguniang Bayan/Panlungsod.
The strength of NPC could not be taken for granted in 2016 elections. If it will back the Grace-Chiz tandem team and wins, NPC will become the dominant political party in the country and could be a formidable force in effecting political changes and development agenda in pursuing the programs of governance of Poe and Escudero.
While Poe and Escudero remain to be independent, it could not be denied that many of the politicians belonging to NPC were the ones who supported the presidential bid of Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ) in 24 elections. Escudero who was an erstwhile NPC member was FPJ’s spokesperson.
The political strength of NPC will trickle down to the local politics. In Pangasinan alone, NPC is the dominant political party with 40 city/municipal mayors as members along with vice mayors and members of the Sangguniang Bayan and Panlungsod.
Former 5th District Rep. Mark Cojuangco is the present provincial chairman who will be running for governor in the 2016 elections. He is also the chairman of Biskeg na Pangasinan, a local political party that was organized by Secretary Antonio “Bebot” Villar Jr., who is now the Chairman Emeritus. With this political backing for Cojuangco, the seat at the Capitol will soon a dream come true.
There are speculations that Cojuangco and Abono Partylist Chair Rosendo So might not be supporting a common candidate for presidency in 2016. Cojuangco was vocal in his support to Vice President Jejomar Binay as his personal choice for presidency and So for Senator Grace Poe.
Such situation existed when Poe has not yet announced her presidential bid and Cojuangco was invited by Binay in his sorties in Pangasinan. As a friend, Cojuangco had to accompany Binay in his visits in Pangasinan such that the speculations were so high that he would support Binay in 2016 elections.
However, there were political developments inside NPC. When the highest officials of NPC met with Liberal Party presidential contender Mar Roxas, they were able to talk on higher grounds. Cojuangco, as reported said that he will remain a party man and that regardless of his personal preferences on a candidate to support, he will abide by the decision of the NPC as a political party. Does that mean that he will abandon Binay? That will depend on whom the NPC will announce as its presidential candidate in 2016.
Abono Partylist Chair So will definitely be supportive of Cojuangco’s gubernatorial bid whether they will be supporting other presidential candidate. But that will be a remote possibility, a political observer said. At the end of the day, Cojaungco will support the NPC presidential candidate and ” very likely”, according to Senator Sotto, it is Grace Poe with Chiz Escudero. With this as political development, the tirades against Cojuangco that he and So have rift on who will support will now end.
The novelty of political speculations are unfolding. The political dramas will soon be at hand. As electorates, our roles are to observe, think and decide based on our personal convictions on whom to support in 2016 elections. Just remember that in doing so, we will use our hearts, minds and consciences.
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