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Paano na si Isko? NUP not interested in fielding national candidates in 2022 polls

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

The National Unity Party (NUP) stressed that it has no plans of fielding member for higher elective national positions in the 2022 elections.

NUP President and Cavite Rep. Elpidio “Pidi” Barzaga said NUP has no plans of competing with other political entities in various elective national positions in the next scheduled polls three years from now.

“It is our position that as of this time, we are not entertaining any idea that any member of NUP would run as senator or even a higher position in 2022,” said Barzaga.

“No members of the National Unity Party running for higher office at this time,” he added.

NUP has recently emerged as new a power bloc in the local political arena especially after its presence doubled in the House of Representatives.

Last week, 25 new congressmen took their oath as NUP members including 12 “disgruntled” former members from the ruling party, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban).

NUP also secured blue-chip recruits namely Presidential son and House Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno.

NUP chairman former Interior Sec. Ronaldo Puno earlier credited the entry of President Rodrigo Duterte’s eldest son in their party as an honorary member as well as their solid support behind the speakership bid of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano as the main reasons for their growing numbers.

Barzaga agreed to Puno, adding that Rep. Duterte “can help Congress legislate according to his father’s agenda.”

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