NUP to hear Marcos, other presidentiables
THE 500-strong National Unity Party (NUP) will hear the platforms of government of the presidentiables led by Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay, and former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas while Sen. Grace Poe will miss the party’s national convention today at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City.
?“Our national convention will push through as scheduled so that we will be guided by their platforms of government and policy positions in making our decision on who to support in next year’s polls,” Cavite Rep. Elpidio “Pidi” Barzaga Jr. said.
?It was learned that Poe, the survey frontrunner who declared her intention to run for president in September 16, had a prior commitment. Marcos will be the first speaker instead of Poe at 10:30 in the morning followed by Binay at 11:30 a.m. and Roxas at 1:30 p.m.
The NUP said it invited Marcos, who has yet to make an announcement about his political plans for next year, because the party considers him a presidentiable while Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was not asked to attend for declaring that he is not running for president. ?The NUP is open to holding a separate meeting with Poe if she wants, but the crowd would not be as big as today’s gathering.
?In another development, House Deputy Minority Leader and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers Association (LPG-MA) party-list Rep. Arnel Ty said Poe should fully explain to Filipinos why she previously decided to apply for and obtain US citizenship, when she could have easily lived, worked and raised a family in America without giving up her Filipino citizenship.
“Since Senator Poe is now running for president no less, she has to deal with the reality that she has put herself and her family under a microscope,” Ty said.