MANILA – Senator Grace Poe admitted receiving support from several Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) members during a Tuesday evening meeting with the political group.
While not having presidential and vice presidential bids for next year’s national elections, the NPC may consider adopting or supporting an independent candidate or a candidate from a different group.
Poe, who was an independent, was grateful for the encouragement she got from some NPC members but clarified that she was not backed by the political party as a whole.
“I think it’s more their individual capacities, like a lot of members of the NPC that I’ve known have been very encouraging,” she said.
“I think a lot of them were very encouraging and supportive… Just ask them because it’s hard to say who is committing,” she added.
Poe also clarified that the meeting did not include official talks and offers regarding the coming general elections. She stressed that it was more like a social gathering, while touching some issues the Philippines’ has been facing and possible solutions to these problems.
Asked for more details from the meeting, the neophyte senator opted to stay mum as respect to the party.
Alongside Poe, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero was also present at the evening meeting with the NPC. Escudero also saw the support several party members were willing to give should Poe join the presidential race.
“Maybe they want to get to know Senator Poe personally to help them in the party’s decision, because the NPC itself has no official decision who to support in 2016,” he said.
Asked if the political party was rooting for a Poe-Escudero tandem, NPC member Senator Vicente Sotto III disclosed that they were still ‘trying to get the pulse of the party.’
Poe, for her part, has not yet officially expressed interest in seeking a higher post.
Earlier that day, several NPC members also met with Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, who was President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s preferred successor and the ruling Liberal Party’s (LP) standard-bearer for the coming presidential elections.
NPC was the second largest party, following the LP.