Business tycoon Eduardo Cojuangco Jr., Nationalist People’s Coalition founder, during the weekend, stressed his all-out support for the NPC bets in Negros Occidental, led by Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr., debunking rumors that he was having second thoughts about helping them.
In fact, an NPC source yesterday said Cojuangco did not just give an assurance, the NPC bets also received financial support that explained their big smiles as they left their meetings with him.
Cojuangco’s meeting with the NPC bets was a big boost to their morale, they were very happy and in high spirits, the vice governor said.
On Saturday, Cojuangco met with Alvarez, NPC’s gubernatorial bet, his running mate Eugenio Lacson, the party’s candidates for congress, board members and mayors from the first, second, third, fifth and sixth districts of Negros Occidental, at Hacienda Balbina in Pontevedra town.
Among the incumbent congressmen present were Alfredo Albee Benitez (3rd District) and Mercedes Alvarez (6th District). Rep. Julio Ledesma IV was not present because of an injury he sustained, but the rest of the NPC bets of the first district were there, the vice governor said.
Board Member Emilio Yulo III, whom the NPC is supporting for congressman of the fifth district, was also at the meeting, he added.
Rep. Alejandro Mirasol, the Liberal Party bet in the fifth district, with whom he had no communication, was not present, the vice governor added.
Cojuangco met separately with the NPC candidates of the fourth district yesterday.
“He asked us to work hard for the victory of Alvarez, Lacson, and Ike Barredo for congressman,” Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno Peña said.
Cojuangco said he is unhappy with Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (4th District) for turning down his request to support Alvarez and Lacson, Peña added.
The vice governor said that Cojuangco dispelled rumors that he was abandoning the NPC bets and had gone to America, after alleged survey results were not to his liking, and stressed his solid support for the Negros NPC bets.
Contrary to the rumors Cojuangco, in fact, did not go to America, Alvarez said.
About 50 NPC bets were present at the meeting Saturday where Cojuangco rallied everyone to work had for their victory, Alvarez added.
He said their meeting with the business tycoon started from about 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kabankalan Mayor Isidro Zayco, NPC Negros Occidental chairman, said Cojuangco pledged his full support to all the NPC bets and told them not to believe rumors to the contrary.
The vice governor said he was thankful for Cojuangco’s support and confidence in him.
He advocates true service to Negrenses through a transparent, consultative and collaborative government, the vice governor added.
Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., who is seeking reelection under the United Negros Alliance, said Cojuangco’s pledge of support for the NPC bets is not new, he had already announced that.
“I will just continue to pursue my campaign, it’s up to the people to decide whom to vote for on election day,” he said.*CPG