Gov. Garcia leads NUP convention

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  • Mhike R. C.
  • 7 years ago

PASAY City – The National Unity Party (NUP), the country’s third largest political party, on Monday held its national convention attended by over 500 delegates and guests.

Deputy Speaker Roberto Puno, the chairman of the NUP National Congress, led the opening of the convention and formally welcome the party delegates and guests. Bataan Governor Albert Garcia, the president of the NUP Central Committee, presided over the convention, which was called to consider and adopt proposed resolutions of the party in connection with the 2016 national and local elections.

These include resolutions creating a special committee tasked to negotiate a coalition agreement between the NUP and political parties for the 2016 elections, and another on the selection of national candidates to be supported by the party next year.

Two declared presidential bets—Vice President Jejomar Binay, former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas graced the event and presented their respective platforms of government. Senator Bongbong Marcos was also there.

Barzaga said the invitation extended to the three candidates was part of the process being undertaken by the NUP in selecting the presidential bet that it will support next year. “We have invited them altogether in one day in the spirit of fairness,” Barzaga said.

“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 added.

Barzaga said the party would decide by October, as they would still have to consider the candidate’s running mate, senatorial slate, and platforms.

The NUP, with 26 congressmen, is also allied with 18 party list lawmakers in the House under the Coalition for Peace and Development.

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