NPC governor, NUP lawmakers attend Mar Roxas endorsement
MANILA, Philippines – South Cotabato Governor Daisy Fuentes of the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) is among those who witnessed the launch of the presidential bid of Liberal Party (LP) candidate Manuel "Mar" Roxas II on Friday, July 31.
Fuentes told Rappler she is committed to support the administration candidate even when the NPC has yet to decide on who to support in the 2016 polls.
"My presence says it, di ba (right)?" said Fuentes, who had a front row seat at the event held in the historic Club Filipino in San Juan.
"I've known Mar since 1992. In fact, I supported him last election," Fuentes added. (READ:#TheLeaderIWant: Mar Roxas' to-fix list for 2016)
NPC spokesperson Rex Gatchalian said members are free to support any candidate as the NPC has not made an official decision. "At this point all options are open. Members are free to express their personal preferences," he said.
Seated beside Fuentes was National Unity Party (NUP) Cavite Representative Elpidio Barzaga Jr.
"I'm supporting the President and Mar Roxas," Barzaga said.
Barzaga said other NUP members present are Bulacan Governor Wilhemino Sy-Alvarado and Negros Occidental Representative Jeffrey Ferrer.
Rappler also spotted Citizen's Battle Against' Corruption (Cibac) party-list Representative Sherwin Tugna.
"I'm here to witness the continuity of Daang Matuwid (Straight Path)," he said.
The NPC, NUP, and Cibac are all part of the broad administration coalition under the Aquino presidency.
It's a coalition that LP wants to preserve for the 2016 polls, but many NPC members are rooting for survey front runner Senator Grace Poe, an independent senator who was is also part of the broad coalition. – Rappler.com
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