Cojuangco raises hands of Leonardia, Gasataya

BACOLOD. Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) chairman emeritus Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco Jr. (left) endorsed the candidacies of Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia (right) and Representative Greg Gasataya (center). (Photo from Leonardia's Facebook page)

“IT IS such a big morale booster.”

This was stressed by reelectionist Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia after he and Representative Greg Gasataya were endorsed by ambassador Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr., chairman emeritus of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) for May 13 elections.

Cojuangco, widely considered a political “king-maker” in Negros Occidental, raised the hands of the two Bacolod NPC stalwarts at the NPC assembly in Makati Diamond Residences in Makati City on April 23.

“I and Congressman Greg are very thankful and happy of the endorsement. It is such a big morale booster because Ambassador Cojuangco is an institution, respected and admired in the business and political circle,” Leonardia said.

He said, “We consider the Boss’ endorsement also as an endorsement of the entire Grupo Progreso slate. And for that, we are all very grateful and proud.

Earlier, Leonardia was also endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

In a video posted in President Duterte’s Facebook page on March 21, the President said: “I am supporting Leonardia for the mayorship of Bacolod City. I think he is the better guy, he’s more direct and honest. Siya ang gusto kong maging mayor (He’s the one I want to become mayor). I am supporting him.”

Leonardia was also recently endorsed by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino- Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) president Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, and former Department of the Interior and Local Government secretary Rafael Alunan and a host of national politicians.

Gasataya could not be reached for a comment as of press time.


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