NUP party president endorses Robredo for president

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 27) – National Unity Party (NUP) president and Cavite fourth district Rep. Elpidio Barzaga has thrown his support for the presidential bid of Vice President Leni Robredo.

Barzaga, who is running for reelection in this year’s polls, said Robredo is the most qualified person to assume the country’s top post after analyzing all the qualifications and experience of the current roster of presidential contenders.

“As vice president, although she was not a Cabinet secretary, she showed to us citizens that the vice president, unlike the connotation which others believe, is (not) merely a spare tire. With a limited budget, she was able to undergo small projects from the neglected parts of our country,” Barzaga said during a local proclamation rally on Saturday.

The veteran lawmaker also noted Robredo’s vast experience in public service before becoming the country’s second highest official — from working as a lawyer for marginalized communities to being a district representative in Camarines Sur.

His wife Dasmariñas City Mayor Jenny Barzaga also endorsed Robredo for president.

Barzaga’s support for Robredo runs counter from his party’s earlier endorsement of her rival Bongbong Marcos' candidacy.

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Incumbent Cavite representative and Imus mayoral candidate Alex Advincula announced he is also backing Robredo’s presidential bid in a separate campaign rally on Saturday.

The endorsement of the Barzaga couple and Advincula is expected to boost Robredo’s winning chances in Cavite, the second vote-rich province in the country with over 2.3 million registered voters, according to Commission on Elections data.

Cavite governor Jonvic Remulla, meanwhile, has endorsed Marcos as his presidential bet.

Other NUP members in Misamis Oriental announced their support for Robredo's presidential bid.

Misamis Oriental second district Rep. Juliette Uy, who is gunning for the province's gubernatorial post, led the local NUP members who endorsed Robredo.

“We look at the credibility of the candidates, and Robredo is committed, virtuous and principled,” Uy said in a press conference on Sunday.

Uy was joined by vice gubernatorial bet Joey Pelaez, first district congressional bet Karen Lagbas, second district congressional candidate Julio Uy, and the 24 mayors under the two districts in declaring their support for Robredo.