Pastor "Boy" Saycon, secretary-general of the Council for Philippine Affairs, issued the denial on ANC's "The Rundown" on Wednesday night.
"The Cojuangcos have carried Noy-Mar, and it shows in the results of how Tarlac voted for Noy-Mar, and he
[Mar] has an almost 200,000 difference over Binay's votes in Tarlac alone, even in other areas, in Davao del Norte," Saycon
"And I've heard how Congressman Cojuangco has been pushing for Noy-Mar in Davao del Norte."
No Roxas betrayal
Dismissing allegations of a rift in the Aquino-Roxas camp, Saycon
, a colleague of Cojuangco in COPA
, says the supposed betrayal of Roxas is far-fetched.
"How can there be a betrayal if there was transparency," Saycon
"What we're doing is independent with what they're doing.
We do not belong to the Liberal Party.
There is nothing that says in an election you can't choose your leaders.
They have to respect our choices."
says they've always campaigned for a Noynoy-Binay ticket, saying Binay, who was an ally as far back as the first EDSA People Power, has proven to be supportive in the fight for democracy and genuine reform.
Birth pains of forming a new team
says what matters is the bottomline--supporting an Aquino presidency, one that was always a matter of personal choice.
"This is a decision that COPA
does not have to decide but individual members have.
There are many in the COPA
who support Noynoy-Mar, and many have been supportive of Binay even before Noy wanted to run for president.
The support for Noynoy is what matters most because as president he's
the only one who can exact the changes that we all aspire for," Saycon
Dismissing supposed fractional problems in the campaign as "birth pains" in forming a new team, Saycon
believes small irritations hounding the campaign will be overcome and personal interests will take a back-seat once the new government gets down to the business.
A sacred pledge
Amid supposed jockeying for position among groups who supported Aquino
insists, in the same way that the cause-oriented group did not aspire for any position in the administration of Fidel V. Ramos in 1992, pushing for a role in Aquino's
government is not part of their advocacy.
"I have challenged them in all interviews: Let us all sign a document and a pledge not to aspire for any position and allow the incoming president to have a free-hand to choose those he
believes can help with governance," Saycon
, which helped bring Ramos, Joseph Estrada, and Gloria Arroyo to power, is committed to helping the incoming administration, while at the same time remaining vigilant in making sure the new government delivers what it sought to do for the country.