Sat. Jul 24th, 2021

The National People’s Coalition (NPC) will not forge an alliance with the opposition as it is currently in an alliance with the PDP-Laban party of President Rodrigo Duterte.

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“We are in alliance with the President right now. That is not possible,” Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd, the NPC chairman, said during a press briefing.

Sotto also said that Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson could be the party’s standard-bearer in 2022 if Lacson decides to run.

“That is a possibility. But I cannot speak for my entire party at this point when it comes to a presidential candidate,” Sotto said.

However, Lacson in earlier statement said he was still not sure on whether to run for president or retire from politics. But Sotto said earlier that he would be likely run for vice president and would like Lacson to be his running mate.

“We are seriously considering it [to run for the top two highest posts in the country]. I think our consultative meetings will help a lot [in coming up with our decision],” Sotto added.

“He (Lacson) will probably be deciding by August or September. There are a number of sectors pushing him to run,” Sotto.

As for NPC’s senatorial line up, Sotto said the NPC might consider re-electionist senators Migz Zubiri and Joel Villanueva.

Also being eyed are former senators Benigno “Bam” Aquino 4rth, Francis Escudero, Joseph Victor Ejercito and Gregorio Honasan, and House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda. SOVEREIGNPH

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