MANILA — After earlier conducting a series of meetings with presumptive presidential bet Sen. Grace Poe, the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) announced on Sunday that it will also meet with other potential presidential aspirants in the coming days.
NPC spokesman and Quezon Rep. Mark M. Enverga said the move is part of their party’s continuing efforts to observe due diligence in ensuring that only the best candidate will earn the party’s coveted support in next year’s elections.
“We want to listen to the platforms and programs of action of every candidate so that we will be guided accordingly before eventually deciding on who to support in the next elections,” Enverga said.
“We will only select candidates whom we believe would best represent and work for the aspirations of our people while also advocating a clean, dedicated and transparent governance,” he elaborated.
NPC is considered as one of the country’s most formidable and influential political parties having in its roster at least two senators, 40 congressmen, 14 governors, and 22 city mayors.
“We already heard the platforms and programs of Poe although she is yet to make a decision on whether to run for president or not, and we believe that it’s now about time that we also hear from other candidates before making our final decision,” Enverga said.
Aside from Poe, NPC will also meet with other presidential aspirants among them Liberal Party standard bearer Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte although the latter is yet to make up his mind on whether to run or not.
“We are still in the process of consultation and we will surely use the opinions of our members as guides before arriving in a consensus on who will get the party’s backing in 2016,” Enverga pointed out.
He also expressed confidence that once the party leadership arrives in a decision after a thorough consultation, all members are expected to toe the party line.
An initial consultation among their party members reportedly showed that majority of them are inclined to support a Grace-Chiz (Senator Francis Escudero) tandem, but Enverga clarified that “this does not mean that the party has already made its decision to throw its support behind them.”
It can be recalled that when Malacañang moved in 2011 to impeach Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, NPC members in the House of Representatives were split. There had been heated debates, but in the end, all of the members voted as one to impeach her.
It has therefore acquired the reputation of being a solid and disciplined party that also follows the leadership once a decision is reached.
It was founded by businessman Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco for his 1992 presidential bid which through four administrations has built itself as a reliable partner of the party in power.