Danding Cojuangco’s Negros allies told to back 7 Senate bets

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Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

BACOLOD CITY—Businessman Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, President Aquino’s uncle, has asked his allies in Negros Occidental to support only seven senatorial candidates in the May elections.

Five of these belong to the administration’s Team PNoy while two are in the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), according to two close allies of Cojuangco, who talked on condition of anonymity for not having authority from Cojuangco to talk to the media.

Cojuangco said the allies who met with the businessman over the weekend asked for support for only seven candidates.

The allies identified the five Team PNoy candidates as Chiz Escudero, Grace Poe, Loren Legarda, Sonny Angara and Bam Aquino. The two from the UNA are Jack Enrile and JV Ejercito.

Escudero, Enrile and Legarda belong to the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), which Cojuangco founded and leads as chair emeritus.

Bam Aquino is cousin of the President but has no blood relations with the businessman.

Cojuangco has apparently thrown his support to scions of his close friends in politics—the late movie actor Fernando Poe Jr., former president Joseph Estrada and Sen. Edgardo Angara.

Ejercito, son of the former president to San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez, said on Monday he welcomed the support and endorsement of Cojuangco and his allies in Negros Occidental.

“I am very grateful for Ambassador Cojuangco’s support and as previously promised, if elected, I will be the voice of Negros in the Senate,” Ejercito said in a phone interview.

He said Cojuangco is a “very close friend” of his father. Estrada was the running mate of Cojuangco when the businessman ran for president in 1992. Estrada won but Cojuangco lost to Fidel Ramos.

Cojuangco was in Negros Occidental on Saturday to drum up support for the gubernatorial bid of Vice Gov. Genaro Alvarez and the rest of the NPC candidates in Negros Occidental.

He also met with Manuel Lamata, head of the United Sugar Producers Federation of the Philippines, who committed the support of workers on his farm to the gubernatorial bid of Alvarez, according to Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno Peña.

Cojuangco also met with Alvarez, vice gubernatorial candidate Eugenio Lacson, and the rest of the NPC local candidates at Hacienda Balbina, Pontevedra, where he extended support and listened to their concerns, Peña said.

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  • bogli_anakdami

    … flip gung gong oligarch speaketh, kaya mga flip gung gongs, luhod kayong lahat.. and suck his kwan…
    … bwi hi hi hi hi pwi…

  • $14334231

    when money talks, people listen….this is the style not only of cojuangco, but also of the three kings: BINAY-babaero, kurap; ENRILE-babaero, kurap; ESTRADA babaero, kurap……

  • go88

    ‘He also met with Manuel Lamata, head of the United Sugar Producers Federation of the Philippines, who committed the support of workers on his farm to the gubernatorial bid of Alvarez, according to Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno Peña.’

    ‘who committed the support of workers on his farm’ …. that’s a clear example that we are still living in a banana republic ….

    • Guest

      narinig ko sa taga negros sira ulo daw itong vice gob at mayor ng pulupandan mag salita parang mga wlang pinag aralan,murderer pa daw sabi ng taga negros

  • JenicaLee

    good choices, especially with angara and legarda. cant say much about the rest, especially chiz….

  • PaulynTayag

    ONLY 7? at least half of his picks are decent. hopefully the people at negros occidental vote smart….

    • JasperSycip

      yes, we can only hope and pray they go for what they feel is right….

  • RobertVelez

    great to see a good amount of Team PNoy getting more support. while their request to support 7 candidates, I hope his allies at negros choose wisely regardless of what he says.

  • KateDulce

    5 from team pnoy and 2 from UNA? interesting choices….funny how ejercito has a comment thanking the support kagad…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XALR35ENV2XKV327BZGZ7Q5Z5Q Ernesto

    mr cojuanco your time will come to an end,sooner or later you will be judge by your creator,your money cannot buy salvation.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XALR35ENV2XKV327BZGZ7Q5Z5Q Ernesto

    anak ng tinapa ,luhod naman kayo dyan.hingi ng pera

  • resortman

    Who is Danding to choose for me?! His choices are all “kaladkarin”…principlewise Zero..!!

  • UrHONOR

    COMING from the bagman of Makoy…..not any better, nay, worse than the UNA principals!

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