Poe, Escudero finally get NPC’s endorsement

Presidential aspirant and Senator Grace Poe and Senator Francis Escudero.

MANILA — Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero have finally received the endorsement of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), the second largest political party in the country.

NPC president, House Deputy Speaker Giorgidi Aggabao, and other party leaders, announced the decision at a press conference at the House of Representatives on Monday.

“We of the Nationalist People’s Coalition wish to announce that we formally adopt Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares and Senator Francis Escudero as our candidates for President and Vice President, respectively,” Aggabao said, reading from a prepared statement.

After many months of meetings and consultations among its members, he said the party’s executive committee has deemed it appropriate to recognize and adhere to the great majority of its members’ wishes.

“Post tabulation results show the common theme in the selection of these candidates,” he said.
“First, that their platform is anchored on inclusivity, and second, the candidates’ clear intention to build on gains rather than simply accept the status quo or signal a return to old practices, or hastily, and radically subject the nation to a new and unpredictably cycle devoid of continuity.”

“The party feels that in these past decades of division and partisanship, these candidates represent the best hope for a unified push for sustainable development,” the party president added.

Aggabao said 90 percent of their party members voted to support the Poe-Escudero tandem.