The camp of presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is not at all worried with the Nationalist People’s Coalition endorsement on the candidacy of Grace Poe and Francis Escudero.
Duterte spokesman Peter Laviña said that the NPC decision is beyond the Duterte camp’s control and has been anticipated by their group.
Laviña said they are however confident that despite the NPC endorsement, several stalwart members of the said political party would still be throwing their support on the candidacy of Duterte.
He mentioned in particular the Bautistas of Davao del Sur and Davao Occidental and the NPC leaders in Biliran province.
“We expect many NPC members not to go with this party decision. NPC leaders for instance in Davao del Sur and Biliran provinces already declared their lot with genuine change under Duterte,” Laviña said.
NPC president, House Deputy Speaker Giogidi Aggabao, and other party leaders, announced the decision at a press conference at the House of Representatives on Monday.
Aggabao said that 90 percent of their party members voted to support the Poe-Escudero tandem.
The NPC earlier met with Poe and other presidential bets such as former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
NPC was founded by businessman tycoon Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr., who also heads San Miguel Corporation (SMC).