NUP to test 3 presidential aspirants’ mettle

The National Union Party, a member of the administration coalition, has invited the three presidential bets, namely, Senator Grace Poe, former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II and Vice President Jejomar Binay  to  the party’s national convention on   Sept. 28.

Rep. Elpidio Barzaga, the NUP vice president for external affairs, said that the convention will be held in Sofitel Hotel  with  400 party members attending.

“We have invited them altogether in one day in the spirit of fairness and to dispel speculations that the NUP is already entering in an agreement with the NPC because the latter is supporting Grace,” Barzaga said, referring to the Nationalist People’s Coalition.

“They should come personally. They can’t have representatives. If they can’t make it, that is not our concern anymore. But if you are invited by an important group and they think that our support will be material to their candidacy, I think they will be coming,” Barzaga, who has been supportive of Roxas’ presidency, added.

Barzaga said the three presidentiables will be asked to present their platform of government, with Poe being the first to speak at   10:30 a.m., to be followed by Binay at   11:30 a.m.   and Roxas at   1:30 p.m.

Barzaga made the announcement   Monday   about the NUP convention after the Social Weather Stations released its latest survey showing that Roxas ranked second at 39 percent next to Poe at 47 percent, and Binay  third at 35 percent.

Barzaga said each presidential candidate will have 10 minutes each to speak and  win the  NUP members’  support in the next year’s presidential derby.

The NUP is composed of former Kampi members, the dissolved political party founded by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

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