NP in no hurry to merge with LP, says Villar


Senator Manny Villar. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The Nacionalista Party (NP) is in no hurry to coalesce with President Benigno Aquino III’s Liberal Party (LP) for the upcoming 2013 elections, according to Sen. Manuel Villar Jr., the NP chair.

“We believe that it’s too early. It feels like we’re being forced to start early in politics,” said Villar of possible coalition talks with the ruling party.

“The elections are still far. We’re not in a hurry to come up with a final decision,” he said.

Villar said the NP was studying all options and was prepared to hold talks with LP or other parties, but otherwise the party was prepared to go it alone and “stand on its own.”

“We don’t need anybody. We have the resources and manpower to campaign,” he said.

The NP is reportedly fielding the senator’s wife, former Rep. Cynthia Villar, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and former Surigao del Norte Gov. Robert Ace Barbers in the 2013 senatorial race.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Barbers earlier announced that a coalition between the LP and the NP was in the works. Some observers saw this as an administration move to get more senators’ votes for the conviction of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Villar ran unsuccessfully against Mr. Aquino in the 2010 presidential elections.

The United Nationalist Alliance (Una), a merger of Vice President Jejomar Binay’s PDP-Laban and deposed President and convicted plunderer Joseph Estrada’s Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino, has closed the doors to a coalition with any party, but is open to accepting individual candidates.

Villar has denied reports that his wife was on the Una senatorial slate.

“My wife is a member of the Nacionalista Party and she’s running with the Nacionalista Party,” he said.

He also doused speculations that the LP’s proposal to coalesce with the NP had something to do with the administration’s desire to muster 16 votes for Corona’s conviction.

“I’m not affected by that,” Villar said.

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  • Ishmael

    Why is LP all of a sudden pushing a merger with the party whose standard bearer its own standard bearer lambasted over his crooked ways (daang matuwid)? LP is one of the older parties in our country to my knowledge its candidates have relatively been straight arrows. Now this merger with Villar, maybe he is not as corrupt as the Arroyos, but his reputation has already been ruined in many peoples eyes. Why is LP rushing then with a merger with him, just so it could shore up its senate lineup? Is everything in our country just a politics of convenience even for a proud party as LP? This Administration led by Sec. Butch Abad has made significant strides in lessening the corruption in government. Now Sec. Abad and the party leaders want to associate themselves with a man whose candidacy was damaged by corruption allegations. Even  if Pinoys will elect LP because of this merger with NP, LP’s name will be tarnished in our eyes us just another traditional political party. So much for the proud party of Sen. Jovy Salonga.

    On a side note if and when we start to change the constitution, I think we really have to change the constituency of electing the Senate. As of now the Senate race is only a popularity contest, and they don’t have a specific constituency that they are answerable to. They don’t run on specific platforms or issues, or judged by a specific constituency of voters base on this. What has the Senate done? The impeachment, investigations for legislation? Any achievement that will improve our country? I haven’t heard of any. Let them be voted per region, with a minimum of one representative per region, and more for more populated regions. This way they have a constituency they are answerable to. They have to actually do something other than hog national media cameras and headlines.

  • victorts

    These parties deceive the voters by coalescing with each other every election year.  The two-party system in the country should be revived so that the people would be clear on which party to support.  As it is, the already gullible voters get more confused that the intelligence does not surface. 

  • billygunn23

    in other words, NP is not at all interested in joining forces with LP knowing LP is a sure loser in the end.

  • okabato

    NP will not coalesce with the liberal party. Bongbong will never allow it, he is just biding his time its too early to 2016 yet.

  • gardy_versozi

    not in a hurry raw, pero yung asawa niya nangagampanya na sa tv.

  • Shadows1

    Malayo pa pala ang election eh bakit ang asawa mong si Cynthia maagang nangangampanya? Manood ka ng TV at puros muka ni Cynthia Villar ang mapapanood mo sa kanyang mga ads. Kapal ng muka.

  • ray

    sa PULITIKA talagang napakaraming kababalaghan…..nangyayari ang lahat na di maaabot ng kaisipan…..dapat ibalik ang dating laban ng NP at LP,dalawa lang wala nang iba….ngayon pagsasamahin na..TUBIG AT LANGIS….di ako komporme dyan

  • Jon

    Liberal Party: KISS of DEATH.

    Don’t do it Manny.
    Tiyak, pagsisisihan mo iyan kung saka-sakali.

  • dannyflorencio

    Kawawang Liberal naghahanap ng kadamay sa pagkatalo sa isang taon na senatorial election.

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