Palace: We thought UNA was the team to beat


Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Malacañang on Monday rebuffed those advocating for a “super coalition” between the ruling Liberal Party (LP) and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of Vice President Jejomar Binay and former President Joseph Estrada.

“I thought UNA was the team to beat, so why are they asking for a coalition?” presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said  in a briefing at the Palace.

San Juan City Representative Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito floated the possibility of forming a “super senatorial slate” over the weekend, saying it was a logical move.

“It will be ideal since there is no clear-cut line between the opposition and the administration unlike during Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s time in 2007,” said Ejercito, the son of Estrada by San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez.

Ejercito, however, has admitted that forming a super ticket composed of the LP and its prospective partners—the Nacionalista Party, Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino and Akbayan—and UNA’s Partido ng Masang Pilipino and Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan would be easier said than done.

In Malacañang, Lacierda was asked by reporters about the primary consideration of President Aquino in drawing up the senatorial slate of the LP, particularly on guest candidates.

“Well, we can’t comment on that yet until LP decides to finally announce its slate. And the slate, as … Budget Secretary Florencio Abad has already mentioned, will be a coalition slate. As to who will be the senatorial candidate of the particular slate, let’s wait for the announcement from the Liberal Party,” said Lacierda.

Lacierda, however, agreed to discuss the possible scenarios.

Adopting Escudero

For instance, Lacierda disclosed that there had been discussions over Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero’s adoption as a guest candidate of LP.

Escudero, a close friend of President Benigno Aquino, is now an independent after he bolted the NPC in the runup to the 2010 elections.

“But again, that’s something that we have yet to discuss. Well, let’s wait for the LP to make a decision on that matter. We don’t want to preempt the LP to announce the candidates,” said Lacierda.

Asked who in the LP called  the shots, Lacierda said: “It’s a discussion between … the President, Senator Mar Roxas and some of the leaders of the LP.”

Secretary Ricky Carandang, chief of the Presidential Communications Group,  said he was not aware of “any extensive talks” about any super coalition.

“The idea has been floated, both privately and in the media, of a Liberal Party-UNA coalition. I’m sure you’ve heard about it… But there has been nothing that I can say beyond that. The idea is being floated,” he said.

OK with Binay

Binay, head of the Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) and one of UNA’s leaders, on Monday said he was open to the possibility of UNA joining forces with the LP to form a “super coalition.”

He said no conflict of interest would arise from such a merger since “the kind of opposition that the UNA represents differs from the common and negative perception of the term in the country.”

According to Binay, UNA would be willing to help Mr. Aquino in his “tuwid na daan” campaign.

Patterned after Britain

“The UNA is for constructive opposition, patterned after Britain’s Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, which is the official opposition in the United Kingdom and other countries, such as Canada and Australia,” Binay said.

According to Ejercito, the LP and UNA had more things in common than differences, so that forming a super senatorial slate which would run unopposed next year should be the “natural thing to do.”

“I still believe having one super is the ideal scenario. There are certain policies and advocacies of the LP and UNA that are similar which was the reason that in 2007, we were together in the Genuine Opposition,” said Ejercito.

“But the LP is just too proud to accept that proposal,” he said, conceding that it may be too late to push for a single slate at this point.

Senators Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero, Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV  and  former Las Piñas Representative Cynthia Villar are being considered for inclusion in the senatorial lineup of both the LP and UNA.

A source said UNA had offered a 5-7 or 4-8 sharing with the LP with the President getting to pick the bulk of the senatorial bets.

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Monday laughed off speculations he could  end up running on the same ticket as former Representative Juan Miguel Zubiri in the event a “super coalition” emerged.

“That would be the irony of ironies, he he,”  Pimentel said in a text message when asked about the awkward scenario.

Pimentel has ruled out a super coalition: “I don’t think that will ever happen.” With Cathy C. Yamsuan

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    IBASURA ang lahat ng mga trapo’t basahan na yan.  Maghalal tayo ng mga bagong taong kakatawan sa ating kapakanan.  Nabigyan na ng pagkakataon ang mga TNL na mga yan at wala namang nangyaring mabuti.  Tama na.  Napagbigyan na SILA.  TAYO naman…ang bayan.  Marami tayong mga matitinong kabayan  na dapat ay subukan natin ang kanilang kakayahan.  At least, maya tsamba na bubuti ang patakbo ng ating bayan.  Pero kung yong mga dating in ooo till ang pagbibigyan na naman, santa mariang ina ng awa, masasadlak na naman ang bayan sa dusa.

    • Bert

      101% like……..

    • 4kingdaddy

      rene saguisag, for one….

      • UrHONOR

        Magaling si Rene sa theories.  Nakasama ko siya sa NUSP at TOS noon.  Magaling ang utak ni RAVS sa theoretical expositions.  Kahit na sa idad nya ngayon, magaling pa din si Rene.

  • Manny's Fan

    Oldtimers like Honosan, Enrile, Legarda should give others a chance. They should retire in favor of new candidates. Never heard of any meaningful legislation from them.

  • Loggnat

    ‘According to Ejercito, the LP and UNA had more things in common than differences, so that forming a super senatorial slate which would run unopposed next year should be the “natural thing to do.”’ ‘/// It is as natural as voting for Erap, a convicted thief and plunderer during his stint as Philippine president back to Malacañang Palace.=)) Or as natural as the Chinese, to willingly vacate the Panatag Reef if we ask them to leave if we say, Please.=)) Presenting a slate of candidates unopposed deprives the voters any choices such as the way it is done in countries under dictatorship form of government.

    • Jerry Manilag

      Ang point dun ni Cong. JV Ejercito, pareho naman ang ‘COMMON GOAL’ ng LP at UNA, yun ang ang PUBLIC SERVICE. And we don’t question why he suggested that. Bakit mo pag-aawayin ang mag-bestfriend kung ayos naman sila. In short, gusto lang ni JV na huwag maging magulo ang eleksyon sa 2013. May masama ba sa nais ni JV na PEACEFUL ELECTIONS? 

      • Loggnat

         The point is, all the candidates of any political party should have a common goal which is to be a public servant for the advancement of the country and its citizens. Opposing candidates are not automatically enemies but simply political opponents in an election and best friends can also be political opponents without being enemies. Also having no opposition candidates so the election will be peaceful is a ridiculous assumption and a pi$$ poor excuse for forcing on voters a set of unopposed and preselected candidates. Thus denying the citizens the right to choose and vote for their preferred candidates to be public servants.

  • Jangwa Nakawala

    According to Binay, UNA would be willing to help Mr. Aquino in his “tuwid na daan” campaign. paano ka makakatulong sa tuwid na daan puro oportunista, mandaraya at corrupt ang iyong mga inampon sa UNA. aminin mo na ambisyon mo ang iyong inaalala kaya maaga palang ay nagiipon ka na ng puwersa.

    • Bert

      same same lang naman ang mga ampon ng LP ni Pnoy di ba? Oportunista, corap, mandaraya, etc. So what’s the difference? hehe

  • vir_a

    Guest candidate is an euphemism for balimbing

  • virgoyap


  • Jon

    Nagtaas nanaman ang kilay ng mga hitad sa Palasyo.
    Bago ka magtaray Mama, tanungin mo muna si Abad kung bakit di makabuo ng kumpletong lineup ang LP.
    Panis na panis kasi ang LP kaya napilitan silang makipag coalition sa NP.
    Yan ba ang pinagmamalaki mo Ate?

    • DASREICH1704

       Sino ba kasi ang unang nagsalita na di sila makikipag coalition sa non UNA members? natural na ang reaction ng mga na turn-off ay ganyan kaya ng ang UNA na ang nanliligaw para sa coaltion kuno, everyone are suspicious. Kundi ba naman nagmayabang agad ang UNA, di ganyan ang sasapitin nila

    • Arnold

      mahirap maghanap ng mga matutuwid kaysa mga magnanakaw. 

  • $15469930

    Si binay ay siguristang tao ambisyon niya na maging presidente , mahusay siyang mamolitika pero kaya lahat ng corrupt ay kakampi niya……

  • kilabot

    kunyari pa eto. samantalang iisang organized political syndicate lang naman talaga silang lahat. tignan nyo mga godfathers:
      una -> peping cojuangco;
      npc -> danding cojuangco;
      lp    -> noykapon cojuangco aquino;
      np   -> money cojuangco villar;
      lakas -> gibo cojuangco teodoro;
      kaya natin  -> bam aquino;
      pnp (pimps and prostitutes) -> kris aquino.

    • DASREICH1704

       pare konting ingat lang baka madale ka ng slander lalo na sa last item mo, alam mo naman makapangyarihan yan mga yan

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        nanakot ka ba???akala ko daan matuwid na…nangyayari pa rin pala ang extra judcial killings at forced disappearnces sa panahon ng baluktot na daan

    • poltergeist_fuhrer

      kris adducul-marquez-binay-failon-yap-salvador-aquino

      • Bert

        wow, parang corporasyon lang….hehe

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        kung hindi yan sl ut, d ko alam kung ano na lang ang pwede itawag sa kanya…

      • 4kingdaddy

        sa mayaman, “KARNE” ang kailangan…..hehehe….

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        hi class prosti

      • $29056223


      • Andres_Bagumbayan

        may nakalimutan ka sir….alvin patrimonio,robin padilla,at mark lapid na anak ni senador lito lapid….ang dami ‘no!!! Maski si bossing vic sotto ay na link nuon kay kristeta!!!!

        Si Kris Aquino AY Mistulang Karinderia na bukas sa lahat ng gustong kumain at mapawi ang uhaw!!!! Ito ba ang tinatawag nilang mabuting pamilya???

      • $29056223

        ooopppss… may Diether Ocampo pa.

      • Jon

        May PSG pang kicker.

      • poltergeist_fuhrer


      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        pasimpleng kalandian…pero ang totoo, gusto makarami ng putahe…

  • coty

    Alliance: In international politics, the union of two thieves who
    have their hands so deeply into each other’s pocket that they cannot
    separately plunder a third.
    — Ambrose Bierce


  • Noel

    It’s because the administration or LP has been raiding UNA.

  • wakats

    A big NO  to super coalition since it’ll include gma die-hards mitos, gwen & migz  and rambo gringo who led 9 coup attempts in 6 years of cory era.

    The LP should field new faces to allow the electorates to choose from a wide range of personalities that are not tainted with corruption, immorality, and  unrelated to known trapos.

  • Francis81

    Naku tiyak magagalit si Erap dito kasi hindi naman talaga ang UNA ang nag propose ng coalition kundi si Totoy Pirata Lamas.

  • Andres_Bagumbayan

    Sa tutoo lang,wala naman matino sa dalawang pangkat na ito (LP at UNA) o kahit na sinong partidong politikal…kaya’t mainam na maging matalino sa pagpili at pagboto ng mga kandidato..

  • regd

    Makes no difference, most pinoys have short-lived memories, trapos and dynasties will still penetrate the cracks and gets elected. It always happen many times over! To those who want validation of my statement, watch next years election. No amount of our grievances here will make any difference. 

  • Pedro

    NO NO NO ! To this super coalition ! Let the LP continue its search of senatoriables who are HONEST, dedicated to the country, God fearing and  patriotic. . . We dont need these senatorial line up of UNA. . . these people are now singing a different tune because they found out from surveys that the people will not vote for the line up drawn up earlier by UNA. . .

  • DonQuixoteDeRizal

    In business, they call it synergy where two or more companies joined forces to basically attempt to get access to a bigger share of the market. The end result is a monopoly that can dictate prices as they wish for their personal gains.
    In politics, they call it coalition or unity where two or more parties joined forces to basically attempt to get access to bigger share of the voters. The end result is an oligarchy that can dictate any laws and regulation as they wish for their own personal gains.
    I hope Senator Pimentel is not in any way will go along with idea of super coalition. If he plays his cards well, I think he is a potential catch for a president. We need principled men in this country and I think Pimentel is one of them.
    We don’t need political butterflies. They are the parasites and viruses that cause diseases and cancer in our society.

    • Bert

      If Pimentel will run as INDEPENDENT, that will prove that indeed, he is a principled politician. And that would be the time that I will vote for him.

      But if he will not, that will prove that he is just another TRAPO in the making.

  • Antigone


  • Bert

    The proposed LP-NP-UNA coalition is in line with PNOY’S OBJECTIVE of controlling the senate and convert it into a PUPPET LEGISLATURE. He already succeeded in impeaching Corona and eventually the CONVERSION of the whole SC into a RUBBER STAMP JUDICIARY.

    So what do we have next, A DICTATORSHIP?

    • regd

      When the 11 GMA-appointed justices are replaced, then and only then can your statement of a RUBBER STAMP JUDICIARY be valid. Otherwise, listen to your mother when she says eat your vegetables. It does wonder to your brains.

    • josedin

      intindihin mo muna ang binasa mo, taga una ang nagpropose nyan tapos kasalanan na ngayon ni Pnoy. anong dictatorship iniisip mo? 

    • Bonggebongge

      Yehey diktador na…bagay lang sa Pinas yan…

    • Maitum

       ahay ah….naniniwala pa rin kayo na wala talagang kasalanan si Corona?

    • Nilo C

      Magbasa o magresearch ka ng ma-aayos kung sino sino ang mga sa SC. Banat ka ng banat wala naman sa hulog yong mga pinagsasabi mo.
      Alam mo ba kung ano ang kahulugan ng Diktador???
      Taga barangay Katwali-an ka rin siguro.

  • Jerry Manilag

    “People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” 
    ― Kent M. Keith
    I salute Cong. JV Ejercito for his humbleness and being genuine to ALL. BIHIRA NA LANG ANG GANYAN! 

    • BS

      LOL….unang una na makikinabang si JV sasaluduhan mo pa. Bihira talaga ang politikong kagaya nya…endangered specie. Saluduhan mo sya kung kaya nyang sabihin na di sya tatakbo sa pagka senador kapag natuloy ang coalition na gusto nya.

  • echusera

    at least the group of opposition from GMA gives support to PNOY and that makes sense.

  • $29056223

    NO! PNOY’s satisfaction rates is still going  down, tama na ipakita ninyo na very supportive kayo sa administration pero kung sa coalition madadamay pa kayo sa pagka dismaya ng tao., Malakas na ang UNA oks na yan… si kris Aquino lang naman ang nagdadala kay PNOY eh sana nga nag showbiz nalang xa.

    • josedin

      saan kukuha ng lakas ang una, kay zubiri at k mrs magsaysay? baka malakas ang pagkabagsak sa kangkungan!

  • billy gunner

    what an arrogant pr1ck this lacierda is!

  • neverwint3r

    wrong! china is the team to beat

  • Rizal Bonifacio

    Pnoy is on the right track, even the opposition is courting him:-)) Go go Pnoy..I wish you can be our president for life:-)))

    • Jpb

      wag naman. wawa naman sya lagi bugbog sa mga comments dito.

    • nakatutok

      wag naman masayadong ipahalata na taga miscommunication group ka!! obvious ang “PAGHIGOP”mo tsong…

  • simplylang

    Wag na pansining yan mga coalition na iyan!!  iboto nalang ang dapat iboto na sa palagay natin ay may maitutulong sa bayan.  Ako ever since, pinag aaralan ko ang mga biniboto ko ayon sa plata-forma nila.  Sana maging intelligent voter ang lahat ng mamamayan at hindi binabayaran lang ang boto tuwing may election. 

  • wawa2172

    Team to beat? UNA or LP? It is the Filipino people that will be badly beaten. With Noy, Erap, Binay,Jinggoy, Jayvee, Mar, Chiz, Koko, Lacierda, etc in politics this country has nowhere to go but to the dogs. I could only blame the president spokesman for being so arrogant but would have to eat his words later because as we know the masses vote will surely go to UNA. Though the government have the CCT or 4P’s dole out program for the poor as election machinery the poor will always be fooled by the so called Erap sa Mahirap slogan. Napa aga lang ang kampanya nang UNA but they have the machinery to regroup after losing the brat boy Koko Pimentel. Somehow, again the Filipinos will be suffering from the too much politics that this country is facing. The economy is so poor and only friendly media and survey firm is providing the positive outlook of the sad state this country have. China is still winning the battle in the West Philippine Sea. Noy’s advisers and spokesmen are all air and their diplomatic strategies sucked. The Chinese knows that the Philippine politics is so unstable, as Erap say its weder-weder. UNA or LP? Walang pinag-iba..Noy and Erap have one common denominator…hindi matuwind ang pag lakad nila…both walk like a penguin.

    • George

      dude, why not ask sa miguel, san pedro, san juan, mary magdalene at san lorenzo ruiz, mukhang these are the kind of candidates you’re looking.

  • Sorry Guys

    UNA is desperate. 

    The latest surveys shows they are headed to a total defeat.

    The greatest mistake they made was including several Arroyo die-hard in their line-up.

  • Jpb

    hehehe baka pag may coalition ay si PNoy naman umalis sa LP, parang si koko. puro addition subtraction kasi at wala na prinsipyo.

  • hustlergalore

    “I thought UNA was the team to beat, so why are they asking for a coalition?” presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said  in a briefing at the Palace.

    – naku ha. yan ba yung pinagpuputok ng butsi ni jv at antipinoydotcom. matabil ang dila ni lacierda pero yan lang ang sinabi niya? haist, lacierda you can do better than that. LOL

  • George

    “I thought UNA was the team to beat, so why are they asking for a coalition?”

    Oppppps, sabi ni Jojo B. di umobra ang Machiavellian style ko (“the end justifies the means). tinawagan si JV at Erap, “bossing Erap, puede bang isauli si Migs at Mitos, mukhang palpak ang labas ng dalawang ito, lalong umitim ang labas (hindi ang balat) ng image natin.

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