UNA expected to name more senatorial bets

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MANILA, Philippines – Leaders of the United Alliance (UNA) are set to meet this Monday and expected to name its second batch of candidates for next year’s senatorial election.

Former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada and Vice-President Jejormar Binay huddle during dinner at the pre-birthday celebration of the former president on Endurun College in Taguig. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The second  batch of UNA  senatorial  bets  will likely  include former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, Zambales Representative Milgaros “Mitos” Magsaysay and  Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, sources told INQUIRER.net.

UNA has so far named Senator Gregorio  Honasan II, Cagayan Representative Juan  Ponce-Enrile Jr., San Juan Representative Joseph Victor Ejercito, Jose de Venecia III and Senator  Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III to its line-up.

Expected at Monday’s meeting  of UNA were  Vice  President  Jejomar Binay, Enrile, former President  Joseph Estrada, and other officials of the group.

On the  agenda of the meeting, sources said, were the guidelines on selection of local candidates, consideration of partylist groups that expressed intention to join the coalition, and the list of the second batch of candidates for the 2013  senatorial election.

Sources quickly clarified that the meeting was not called because of  the conflict  between  Pimentel and Zubiri.

The two had been at odds when Pimentel contested Zubiri’s  victory in 2007, which prompted the Zamboanga legislator to resign from the Senate last year.

And when Zubiri joined Estrada’s  Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP), Pimentel  publicly opposed the his inclusion in the UNA ticket.

“[The meeting] was not called because of Koko-Migz issue. It’s just one of several items  in the agenda,” said sources.

After the meeting, the sources said UNA might announce the second batch  of its senatorial bets.

“Most likely Governor Gwen,  Mitos  and Migz,” said the sources.

“Unless the elders decide to give Koko one last chance to change his mind,” the sources added, referring to reports that  Pimentel might just join the administration  ticket led by the Liberal Party of  President Benigno Aquino III.

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  • Pablo Juan

    UNA is proving to be the coalition of the trapos. Palatable na sana.. pero Mitos and Migz?!!!!!

    • adam_d_ant

      ewww .. palatable na sana  — excuse me …. jackie enrile at jv ejercito …

      ganda ng pagpipilian  —  kampon trapo kontra tribo sira ulo ……

      • lcl_omn11

        marami pang pagpipilian….may madadagdag pa—jackie enrile, jv ejercito, lanie mercado revilla, vic sotto, vilma santos recto, nancy binay, cynthi villar, sharon, ruffy biazon, mark lapid, kris aquino, sino pa? its more fun in the senate, a happy family!!

    • MonMayuga

      UNPALATABLE na kanyo, lalo pang naging UNPALATABLE with the inclusion of Arroyo poodles Milagros Magsaysay and Zubiri. Hay naku, abo ba ang utak ng mga nag-isip ng alyansang ito?

  • UrHONOR

    Magpupulong-pulong ang mga TNL para planuhin kung paanong masisikwat na naman ang alkansya ng bayan.  HUWAG patulan ang kahit na isa sa kanila dahil napatunayan na na hindi sila na-iiba sa mga batikang holdapers ng bayan.

  • johnllander

    UNA candidates are TRAPOS!

    DON’T VOTE FOR UNA CANDIDATES!

  • blade_29

    Mitos and Zubiri are definitely poor choices for senators. Can you not choose somebody more credible?…on second thought, who among our present crop of politicians are credible anyway.

  • kismaytami

    Ni isa sa mga kandidato ng UNA, wala akong magustuhan. Nakaka-stress mabasa ang mga pangalan nila sa balota. Wala na bang iba?

    Magre-relax na lang ako sa bahay sa 2013 elections.

    • juantamadnatamad

      Please make your vote count.

      • kismaytami

        Naniniwala ka pa na nabibilang nang maayos ang boto natin?

        Sa panahon kung kailan computerized na pati ang eleksiyon, isang pindot lang sa keyboard, pwede nang makuha ang resulta na gusto ng highest bidder.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G7X5DO3WNUK4ORHZCFW4IAYS24 Lloyd

    GO UNA. unaunahan lang yan. mas lamang na ang nauuna sa laban.

  • RickyCarandang

    Wow.

    Look how time flies!

    Mid term elections na next year!

    Then after 3 years, icha-puera na ang abnormal na presidente at ang kanyang abnormal na LP!

    BINAY 2016!

  • juantamadnatamad

    Big shots of Philippine politics !!! Before anything, can you tell us why the Philippine government is so corrupt. Prove to us that this is not an alliance of corrupt officials.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SIOOS54Z4UHNRFIHHFCKNRBERE Tom

    With UNA’s taking in of Migz Zubiri, they are now open to roasting this early. But maybe they’ll win?  They have one dag-dag bawas expert in their fold!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MPBMZRNRMHVBOO7QYJKKF247LU Joel

    Pabalik-balik lang ang mga old trapo. Bitbit ang mga new trapo…

  • quirinomayer

    The unano is casting her shadow on the UNA with Me Too Magsaysay and Zubiri Kadiri in its line up. Shows that this opportunist Binay could ally with even the devil himself to set his dirty feet in Malacanang.

    Let’s all join the Deny Binay Movement!

  • aleksis

    Zubiri is from Bukidnon.

  • allandel

    why not just skip the midterm elections for senators? di baleng 12 na lang ang mga senador natin. tapos, gawin na lang na parang federal-type: 8 rep from luzon, 8 from the visayas at 8 from mindanao or maybe one or two from each reagion. how do you like that? all the regions are represented. luluwag pa ang maynila dahil mag-aalisan ang mga trapo.

    they will always be held accountable sa mangyayari sa area nila.

    pero dapat ding gawin na ang required  residency is one whole term. ang prospective candidate dapat nakatira sa ire-represent nya for the whole three years prior to the election na sasalihan nya.

    • leobsky

       good proposal but subject to constitutional changes first. no more time for next year national and local election. how about 2016?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7YBRPAQD6ACCRBKAYXOXFDX75Y goodguy

    Lots of people are running? Is it for public service that they are running for or the share in the Pork Barrel they will get? We should not tolerate corruption in all gov’t agency…we should monitor and expose to the media any of these acts so that our country can move forward in fast phase.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Z5T2VNPUKITZ7UIAYXKBLTANY4 Melmalag

    haaay politics… there”s no permanent allies, no permanent enemies…. only permanent interests.

  • Rathbumo

    Namamalengke na itong tandem ni Erap at Binay. Tangnang mga TRAPOS na ito, imbes na bayan ang unahin, pangsariling political agenda ang pinagkakaabalahan.

    • archangel uriel

      correct ka dyan . . . . 

  • maypakialamako

    kulang na lang isama sa line-up ng una sina imelda marcos at gloria! una ang partido ng mga trapo at balimbing!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TNASVGXZ23VCJWV7KO7WPDIKKI George

    i bet my asssh with this, Binay will join forces with the Marcoses. “The End Justifies the Means”.

  • hustlergalore

    wow a, daig pa ni binay at erap ang palengke tour ni roxas. 

    LOL

  • scank

    UNA- ANO ANG IBIG SABIHIN NITO??????????

    UNA-HIN ANG PANGUNGURAKOT…….. 
    UNA-HIN ANG PAGNANAKAW NG PERA NG BAYAN……
    UNA-HIN ANG PANSARILI LAMANG…….
    UNA-HIN ANG NGA KAPWA BUWAYA SA TICKET NA ITO…..
    UNA-HIN ANG NGA MALALAKAS MAGNAKAW SA PORK BARREL……
    UNA-HIN ANG BULSA SA PAGPAPAYAMAN…..
    UNA-HIN ANG NGA TRAPONG MANDARAYA SA ELEKSYON…..
    UNA-HIN ANG PAGPAPALAYA KAY GLORIA AT MIKE BUWAYA ARROYO SA KASALANAN GINAWA SA PUBLIKO……..

    YAN LANG ANG MASASABI KO SA NGA  TAGA UNA……NO NI BINAY……..

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