• Page Views 2081
  • They have yet to decide if they will finally run for the highest posts of the land, but Senators Grace Poe and Francis “Chiz” Escudero are already in the process of crafting their platform of government for 2016. In a meeting with members of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) during the party’s fellowship Tuesday night in Quezon City, Poe and Escudero started consulting with them about concerns needed to be addressed in their respective provinces.

    These concerns, Poe and Escudero said, will be included in the platform of government they are crafting, a strong indication they will likely run for president and vice president, respectively, in the 2016 national elections.

    Despite the consultations, Batangas Rep. Mark Llandro Mendoza, who heads the NPC bloc at the Lower Chamber, said the two senators continued to keep their cards closed to their chests and did not categorically state their intention to run as tandem for the next year’s national elections.

    Mendoza, however, was silent on the list of concerns presented by the NPC members to the Poe-Francis tandem.

    At least 30 party members attended the meeting, Mendoza said.

    The second largest political party in the country, NPC has two senator-members, 47 congressmen, 14 governors, and 22 city mayors.

    NPC president and Deputy Speaker Isabela Rep. Giorgidi “Gigi” Aggabao, who attended the event, confirmed last night’s meeting. He described it as “purely socials, a gathering for the party members to meet in person Sen. Grace and Chiz.” He also said the two senators met with NPC “governors.”

    “There was no talk of politics although Sen. Grace did discuss some problems with governors besetting their provinces,” Aggabao said.

    Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, a stalwart of NPC who has already declared his intention to run for senator in next year’s elections, said the party event last night was “a good time” for the

    NPC members to get to know Poe and Escudero and vice versa.

    Apart from Mendoza and Aggabao, others who attended the fellowship were: Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, Quezon Rep. Mark Enverga, Isabela Rep. Napoleon Dy, Sorsogon Rep. Evelina Escudero, former Rizal Rep. Jack Duavit, Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe, Alliance ofVolunteer Educators (AVE) party-list Rep. Amang Magsaysay, and Abang Lingkod party-list Rep. Stephen Paduano.

    Before meeting with Poe and Escudero, key NPC members met with administration standard bearer Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.

    LP PRESSURE ON POE?
    While the NPC is sizing up candidates to determine whom they will support in the 2016 elections, the administration party seems to have a different tack in wooing possible candidates.

    Yesterday, Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the administration is still hoping Poe will agree to become Roxas’ “co-pilot” in the 2016 polls, but the Liberal Party (LP) cannot wait forever.
    “Totoo naman, wala namang forever [It’s true. There is no forever],” Lacierda quipped when asked on how long the administration was willing to wait for Poe.

    Lacierda, however, declined to give a deadline on when Poe should make up her mind.

    Meanwhile, Binay will be the last but not the least to be given a chance to present his platform and convince NPC men to adopt him as presidential bet, a party leader assured yesterday.

    Binay is counting on the support of former Pangasinan Rep. Mark Cojuangco to convince NPC to adopt him as its presidential candidate. Cojuangco is the son of NPC founder former Ambassador Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr.

    Mendoza said Binay will also be given a chance to seek party support but a meeting has yet to be scheduled. (B. Rosario/ C Luci with a report from Genalyn D. Kabiling, mb)

    Share

    Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 01 April 2020
      3 days ago No comment

      Stay Home, Stay Safe. Bend the Curve Together

      (Making it through COVID-19) “Labanan ang pagkalat ng COVID-19” April 1, 2020 Support Health Care Workers Support Each Other Support Essential Workers   I would like to encourage all kababayans to follow the orders of our Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry during this pandemic. We need everyone giving ...

    • 27 March 2020
      1 week ago No comment

      Important Information about COVID-19 & Emergency Federal Measures

      From the desk of Honourable Senator Yonah Martin OTTAWA, ON – The Senate of Canada convened an emergency sitting to debate the government’s $82 billion COVID-19 stimulus bill: COVID-19 Emergency Response Act. The bill was adopted in both Houses and then granted Royal Assent. “Urgent action is needed to ...

    • 26 March 2020
      1 week ago No comment

      Consulate Advisory: Temporary Suspension of Consular Services

      Consulate Advisory: Temporary Suspension of Consular Services from the Consulate General of Republic of the Philippines Vancouver Related

    • 26 March 2020
      1 week ago No comment

      Simple Steps for Coronavirus prevention

      Simple steps to prevent Coronavirus: 1.Wash your hands with water and soap for 20 seconds. 2.Avoid touching your eyes,nose and mouth with unwashed hands. 3.STAY HOME! 4.Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 5.Feeling sick? Call 8.1.1 Related

    • 26 March 2020
      1 week ago No comment

      Ken Hardie Member of Parliament Fleetwood – Port Kells: How to stay healthy…and help everyone else too

      Canada has not seen a situation like the coronavirus pandemic since World War II. And just as our country did in that war, we must have everyone doing everything possible to win against a deadly enemy that we cannot see. You do not want to get this virus. Healthy ...

    %d bloggers like this: