The 9-6 Supreme Court decision allowing Sen. Grace Poe to run for president coupled with the recent endorsement of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) has assured her of victory in the coming May 9 elections.
This was the assessment of NPC senatorial bet Win Gatchalian who had earlier said that “the Supreme Court’s decision on Senator Poe’s disqualification case will be consistent with democracy and consistent with protecting the rights of foundlings as natural born citizens and of all Filipinos who want to serve the country.”
“We in the NPC thank the nine magistrates of the Supreme Court who, in voting for Senator Poe’s being eligible to run for president, gave meaning to their being justices and chose not to be mere legalists,” said Gatchalian.
Gatchalian pointed out that Sen. Poe is seen by the people as a leader who will truly look after their interest, as evidenced by her consistent lead in the surveys. “This is one of the reasons why the NPC decided to support her and vice presidential and fellow Sen. Chiz Escudero,” he said.
“Now that there is no longer any legal stumbling block against Poe’s candidacy, all NPC members are expected to support the Grace-Chiz tandem and bring Senators Poe and Escudero to victory in the May 9 elections,” said Gatchalian, who is an exclusive senatorial bet in the Partido Galing at Puso (PGP) of Poe and Escudero.
The NPC is the second biggest political party in the country based on the number of incumbent congressmen, governors, and city mayors. The NPC party was established by businessman Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco in 1991 who ran for president in 1992.
Gatchalian had said NPC’s all-out support for the Grace-Chiz tandem will help boost their chances of winning in the May 9 elections given the fact that many NPC incumbent governors and mayor can deliver command votes in their respective areas.
Poe had earlier expressed support for Gatchalian’s House Bill No. 5905 or the “Free Higher Education Act”, which would establish a full tuition subsidy for the approximately 1.5 million students enrolled in state universities and colleges (SUCs). (Monica Cantilero)