The Blue Ribbon Sub-Committee, chaired by Sen. Koko Pimentel, resumes its inquiry on the alleged overpricing of the 11-storey new Makati City II Parking Building, the 22-storey Makati City Hall Building and related anomalies. (MNS photo)

The Blue Ribbon Sub-Committee, chaired by Sen. Koko Pimentel, resumes its inquiry on the alleged overpricing of the 11-storey new Makati City II Parking Building, the 22-storey Makati City Hall Building and related anomalies. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said Wednesday that the Magdalo Group will support the presidential bid of Senator Grace Poe if ever she decides to run for the post in 2016.

“If Sen. Grace Poe runs for president, our Magdalo Group would support her,” Trillanes said.

Trillanes is the ex-officio chairman of the group.

The group originated from a set of military officers, including the senator and his classmates in Philippine Military Academy Class ’95, who took over the Oakwood Hotel in 2003 to air their grievances against corruption in government.

“We have conducted extensive consultations among our chapter leaders the past few weeks and she is the preferred candidate for the 2016 presidential elections,” he added.

On Tuesday, Trillanes told reporters that the Magdalo Group has already chosen its candidate for 2016 but he refused to name it.

“Sa amin yung Magdalo group meron na, nakapag-decide na kung sino ang susuportahan,” he said, clarifying that the political party to which he belongs to, the Nacionalista Party, has yet to decide who to support in next year’s polls.

He said the Magdalo Group has already talked with Poe.

Poe has yet to issue a statement regarding Trillanes’ announcement.

Trillanes said the primary criteria they took into consideration in picking the candidate was the welfare of the country.

“It’s a collective decision, the primary criterion would be kung sinong pinakamabuti sa ikabubuti ng bansa,” he said.

He expressed confidence that the Magdalo Group’s 500,000 card-bearing members would be solidly behind their candidate.

“We’ve done that before and we will do it again,” Trillanes said.

Poe, who has been leading presidential and vice presidential surveys, has yet to decide if she is running for a higher post in the 2016 elections.

She is being wooed by Liberal Party presumptive presidential candidate Interior Secretary Mar Roxas to be his running mate.

Poe has also met twice with members of the Nationalist People’s Coalition. A third meeting has been set next week. (MNS)