Roxas woos members of pro-Grace Poe NPC
A stalwart of the Liberal Party (LP) on Tuesday said that the challenge of Senator Grace Poe to other aspiring presidential candidates, including administration bet Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, to give way and become vice president, was “illogical.” Video by Noy Morcoso/INQUIRER.net
Administration coalition presidential candidate Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II has asked members of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) to support his candidacy in the upcoming 2016 polls.
Roxas invited 14 NPC members from the House of Representatives and some local allies in the Liberal Party Headquarters at the Balay Cubao Expo on Tuesday to win their political backing.
The solons from the NPC who met with Roxas were: representatives Mark Enverga, Scott Lanete, Susan Yap, Pedro Acharon Jr., Jorge Arnaiz, Aristotle Aumentado, Mark Llandro Mendoza, Evilio Leonardia, Henry Teves, Victor Yu, Chedeng Alvarez, Isidro Rodriguez Jr. and former congresswoman Darlene Antonino-Custodio.
Liberal Party stalwarts such as representatives Edgar Erice, Kit Belmonte, Josephine Sato, rumored LP vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo and Senator Ralph Recto also attended the event.
Mendoza said that Roxas sought their help in winning the support of other party members for his candidacy.
“Humingi ng tulong sa amin si Secretary Mar na suportahan siya. At kung sino man ang gustong suportahan siya ay free naman (Secretary Mar asked for our support. And anyone from the party who wants to support him is free to do so),” Mendoza said.
The “meet and greet” by lawmakers with Roxas does not mean that the whole party is backing Roxas’ bid for the presidency, Mendoza clarified.
“At the end of the day kasi, ang NPC naman, kung ano man ang mapagkasunduan ng partido, ‘yun ang nasusunod,” he added.
(At the end of the day, the members will abide with the decision of the NPC.)
When asked on the issues raised during the meeting, Mendoza said that they thanked Roxas for the projects implemented in their districts during his term as Interior secretary.
Last month, NPC President and Deputy Speaker Giorgidi Aggabao said that they will cast their lots in the tandem of Senators Grace Poe and Francis “Chiz” Escudero as presidential and vice presidential candidates respectively.
He said that Poe is likely to win the elections and believes that the senator is capable of continuing the “straight path” policy under the Aquino administration.
The NPC is the second largest political party in the country with two senators, 47 members in the House of Representatives, 14 governors, and 22 city mayors. IDL
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