By Marchel P. Espina
Former Ambassador Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr., chairman Emeritus of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, met with local party leaders in his home in Hacienda Balbina, Pontevedra town over the weekend to reassure them of his all out support to their candidacies in the May 2013 midterm polls.
In a statement, Vice Governor Genaro “Lim-ao” Alvarez Jr. confirmed the meeting, saying that he is very thankful to the support and confidence of Cojuangco in his leadership as the party’s candidate for governor.
The meeting, Alvarez claimed, had dispelled rumors about the alleged wavering support of Cojuangco to his gubernatorial bid.
The vice governor said he is optimistic that speculations about Cojuangco’s support for him will stop as he prepares for the campaign.
Earlier, talks had circulated that Cojuangco is having “second thoughts” on the candidacy of the vice governor.
Alvarez further claimed that in the meeting, the NPC leader reiterated his commitment to support all NPC bets for the provincial, congressional, city and municipal posts.
Present in the meeting were Kabankalan City Mayor Isidro Zayco, provincial chairman of the NPC; 3rd District Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez, provincial chairman of Liberal Party; and 6th District Rep. Mercedes Alvarez.
Meanwhile, former Board Member Ike Barredo said he did not attend the meeting. It was not clear, however, whether he was invited to the gathering or not. “I will not comment on it because I was not there,” Barredo stressed.
Bacolod City Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson also confirmed their meeting with Cojuangco yesterday morning.
Sayson, mayoral bet of the NPC-Grupo Progreso, revealed that all NPC candidates in Bacolod led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia were present during the “consultative” meeting.
“It was just a consultative meeting during which we were asked about the present political situation in Bacolod and the status of our campaign,” Sayson explained.
Asked on the reports claiming that the meeting was about the release of campaign funds, Sayson reiterated that it was only a consultative gathering./WDJ