Ex-Rep.,Cojuangco hints at endorsing VP Binay as NPc adopted candidate for President

March 3, 2015 5:03 am 

BINMALEY, Pangasinan, March 2 –Former Fifth District Congressman Mark Cojuangco has indicated the possibility he might endorse Vice President Jejomar Binay to be adopted by the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) as the party's candidate for President in the 2016 presidential election.

Binay and Cojuangco saw each other during the inauguration of the newly-built Binmaley Manpower Development Center on Monday, which coincided with the birthday of Mayor Simplicio Rosario and the latter's delivery of his State of the Municipal Address (SOMA).

Cojuango, the NPC provincial chairman in Pangasinan, admitted that like in past elections, NPC would not field its own candidate and adopted the candidate of another political party, most probably Vice President Binay who is with the political party United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

But though NPC was not fielding a candidate, it was in the local elections where it put its candidates, he said.

NPC is now the largest political party in Pangasinan with 31 of the 48 incumbent town and mayors are with the party. The rest are with the Liberal Party.

In the 2010 polls, NPC adopted LP candidate Benigno Aquino III as its candidate for President and after the election, coalesced with Aquino's party, (LP), and supported its programs.

Cojuangco said that although NPC supported the programs of the LP, never it did agree to merge with the ruling party, the son of business tycoon and NPC founder Eduadso Cojuangco told newsmen.

NPC preserved its own identity by never agreeing to a merger with any party, including the ruling party, Cojuangco said.

" If the NPC believes in the program of the administrarion, it will support it. If it does not, then it will oppose it, he said.

He noted that Vice President Binay is known to him, has good leadership quality, believes in his leadership, is easy to approach and to talk with, a good man and has a wide knowledge of the affairs in the government.

Cojuango, who has set his eyes to run for governor of Pangasinan in 2016, expressed confidence that most probably, the fathers of the NPC will listen to his voice as the chairman of the NPC in Pangasinan by officially adopting Binay.

Of course, this would be dependent on the decision of the senior members of the NPC. But the elders in the party were also getting the opinion of young members of the party, including the provincial chairmen, district chairmen and municipal and city chairmen, he said.

"There is a possibility that I will endorse him (Binay) as I already said this several months ago," Cojuangco said. (PNA)

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