NP denies eyeing coalition with Lakas-Kampi

August 15, 2009 9:06 am 

MANILA, Aug. 15 – The Nacionalista Party (NP) dismisses reports that it aims to coalesce with pro-administration Lakas-Kampi party for the 2010 elections.

”There are no talks on this and we don’t see a formal coalition between both parties – we’d rather coalesce with other groups,” spokesperson Gilbert Remulla said on the side of Kapihan sa Sulo forum.

He said the NP had decided to remain an opposition political party.

NP is talking individually to several Lakas-Kampi members who are interested in joining it since they see party head Sen. Manny Villar as “the best candidate” for the 2010 presidential race, however, he said.

”We’re not pirating them,” he assured without identifying persons concerned.

Remulla said that such Lakas-Kampi members were among politicians who plan to leave their respective parties so they could run next year under NP.

”There’s an over-supply of those applying to run under our party,” he said.

He assured NP will publish soon names of politicians who took oath and joined its ranks already.

Remulla said NP is working to come up with a full slate for next year’s local and national polls.

”If others completed respective slates down to the last councilor, we’re getting there,” he said.

He said NP already covered some 80 percent of provinces nationwide and was set to further expand its base at the municipal level.

Many NP old-timers were keen on getting this going, he noted.

For NP’s Senate slate, Remulla said the party is eyeing eight personalities already.

He said they are Sen. Pia Cayetano; representatives Teofisto Guingona III, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Satur Ocampo; lawyer Adel Tamano; Marine colonel Ariel Querubin; former senator Agapito ‘Butz’ Aquino and himself.

NP is leaving open other slots in the Senate slate for candidates of parties it’ll coalesce with, he noted.

Remulla also clarified NP didn't start talks about a possible Villar-Marcos tandem for next year.

To firm up the party’s 2010 bid, Remulla said NP was planning to hold its convention later this year to nominate its presidential, vice-presidential and other candidates down to the local level.

”We’ll also hold consultations on NP’s platform which the party is finalizing already,” he said.

NP promotes entrepreneurship so people can have the capability to improve their lives, he said. (PNA)

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