Spokesman: UNA candidates to pursue Aquino agenda better than his partymates


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MANILA, Philippines—Described as a good mix of President Benigno Aquino’s ardent supporters and harsh critics, the United Nationalist Alliance’s senatorial lineup is expected to pursue his administration’s reform agenda “more competently” than his allies, the coalition’s spokesperson told the Inquirer on Saturday.

Lawyer JV Bautista, an UNA official, said its slate was formed to provide voters with alternatives to Aquino’s partymates and partners in the Liberal Party coalition when they proceed to the polls to choose their senators in the 2013 elections.

“It’s a strong lineup. The candidates are doing very well in the surveys, most of them anyway,” Bautista told the Inquirer in a telephone interview. “It’s a well chosen lineup considering the track record and the performance in public life if not in public office. They have no history or record of graft and corruption.”

Bautista said the slate was multi-faceted as there were those who were  “strongly committed” to the Aquino government while others “are somehow also critical but we’d like to believe constructively of the present administration.”

“It’s some sort of a rainbow,” Bautista said, bringing back memories of the rainbow coalition of most political parties formed by former Speaker Jose De Venecia in the House of Representatives in the 1990’s.

Bautista confirmed the inclusion on the UNA lineup of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino’s former Sen. Ernesto Maceda, former Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri and San Juan Rep. Joseph Victor Ejercito; PDP-Laban’s Joey De Venecia and Margarita Cojuangco; the Nationalist People’s Coalition’s Sen. Loren Legarda and Jack Enrile; Sen. Francis Escudero, former Sen. Richard Gordon, Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay, and Movie and Television Review and Classification Board chair Grace Poe-Llamanzares.

“Nobody has a monopoly on patriotism and tuwid na daan,” Bautista said, referring to the Aquino administration and the LP’s platform of good governance.

Common candidates Legarda, Escudero and Llamanzares were chosen, according to Bautista, because of their long association with UNA’s core leaders—Vice President Jejomar Binay of PDP-Laban and former President Joseph Estrada of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino—in the struggle against the regime of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“Inasmuch as the other coalition would like to share them, we have to share them,” Bautista said.

Bautista, nonetheless, stressed that the three were already on the UNA lineup before the LP coalition wooed them to be on its side.

He said that in Legarda’s case, it was only after UNA announced that she had been drafted that  President Aquino invited her to join the LP coalition.

The LP is in coalition with the Nacionalista Party, the National Unity Party and Nationalist People’s Coalition, of which Legarda is a part.

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  • muddygoose

    “They have no history or record of graft and corruption.” Hahaha.

    “It’s some sort of a rainbow.” Meaning no ideology? Hahaha.

    This JV guy is such a joker.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/W6OYQAQ3YNWGE4SIRA4IIQ4Y3Y joshua

      Trillanes as a traitor

      • muddygoose

        Oo na mahal mo na si Erap at si Binay. Ba’t di mo na rin mahalin si Arroyo? You don’t deserve anything good that will happen in the next few decades.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZWFLSTSBRRAVDDPF7NZ5OT6AEA Jim

    Did I get I get it right? UNA can pursue Aquino’s agenda better than his partymates. Those bunch of crooks – Erap, Enrile, and Binay? They all stink! 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/W6OYQAQ3YNWGE4SIRA4IIQ4Y3Y joshua

      looks whos talking how about Mr Noted, Big Man of Senate and the NUP which is loyal allies of GMA nasa LP sila lahat.

  • Cool_ka_lang

    what a joke. only stupid filipinos will believe this!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/W6OYQAQ3YNWGE4SIRA4IIQ4Y3Y joshua

      yes katulad mo rin naniniwala sa tuwad na daan. remember Mr Noted 2004 elections dali mo naman makalimot.

  • opinyonlangpo

    So easy to say “I can pursue Aquino agenda better than all of them too”. They have been there before and . . . . who will believe them now?

  • sashafiercebiatch biatch

    Wow Sanlakas JV “Resign All” Bautista! You’ve reached a  new record low! You would make Filemon “Ka Popoy” Lagman proud! Congratulations!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LLPTRPFUTYJXKI3KJS4B2UO4LI Jim De Garman

    JV Bautista is baliw to the max he thought he can manipulate the mindset of the Filipinos..how sure this lawyer backing his agenda without election yet to come, marami pang mangyayari pagdating ng halalan. 

  • Kristoffer Atienza

    So what you’re saying, Mr. Bautista, is that our president is myopic and that you guys got it all right? HA!

  • anton kinuton

    UNA no! UNA no! UNA no!


    all this trapos don’t deserve the votes in next year elections!! neither the LP NP NPC too the party lines are blurred their being an opposition candidates are totally undistinguisable are they for or against this government??!! how can their be a democratic government when all the candidates running cannot be label as an opposition or for the administration they are all political butterfly!! taking advantage or be endorse by 2 parties to a single candidate this is distasteful and outright sycophant trapos!! this is the sad part on our political picture unlike the golden days of yore when one can simply distinguish a politician as an opposition or administration candidate, truly the kind of government of this country has decay its value and patriotism!!

  • Jake Lopez

    Wow!! Maceda?? Binay?? Enrile?? for Tuwid na Daan? cheater Zubiri? Except for Llamanzares..the UNA lineup reeks with corruption, cheating, master Balimbings and GMA cohorts.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/W6OYQAQ3YNWGE4SIRA4IIQ4Y3Y joshua

      ganun din sa LP how about Villar, even the president is on of the cohorts why GMA won 2004 elections remeber Mr. Noted, Mr Palengke and Big Man of Senate. Sila ang mga master ng balimbing. Grace watch your back. Binay and Estrada are the one who fought back GMA til the end. Trillanes as a salesman of shoal

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L3NJ4IIZZMB2OMPIOR7X2B72ME k

    nakikisakay ang UNA sa popularity at tuwid na daan ni Pnoy.walang UNA member ang may balls na bumatikos kay Pnoy including binay kasi lahat naka-angkas sa likod nya.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/W6OYQAQ3YNWGE4SIRA4IIQ4Y3Y joshua

      oo nga kaya pati GMA allies kinuha na rin ng LP pati si Villar at Marcos yan ung tuwad na daan

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

    ibota na lang ang kursunada tapos.

  • sashafiercebiatch biatch

    This just proves the fact that SANLAKAS is a fake leftist group that breeds opportunists and careerists whose true dirty fantasy is to become big time in the status quo ! SANLAKAS during EDSA Dos pushed for the ultra-left call “RESIGN ALL” in their attempt to weaken the broad united alliance against the corrupt Estrada regime. What happened with all that big talk about”system change” and “revolution”? Now it is becoming clearer that SANLAKAS is nothing but a group of stooges and puppets of Erap and Binay: populist demagogues who are corrupt to the core and are anti-poor!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/W6OYQAQ3YNWGE4SIRA4IIQ4Y3Y joshua

      like akbayan puppet of GMA now puppet of PNOY

  • sashafiercebiatch biatch

    Postmodern rainbow politics takes a new form in JV Bautista’s hodgepodge mix of “Leninism,” Trotskyism, Lagmanism, social democracy, and opportunism of the vilest variant! This “Rainbow politics” includes would-be leftists, turncoats, crooks, gangsters, thieves, and murderers! What a colorful combination indeed! But we’re not interested!  People, remember the organizations and partylists that this JV Bautista props: SANLAKAS, Bukluran ng “Manggagawang” Pilipino, Partido ng “Manggagawa,” Partido Lakas ng “Masa” (PLM). Do not support them. If possible, spit on the very ugly faces of their hacks for leaders when they cross your way!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3RMNEZCQQHXWOQRXJROQ2CORFU Homer Guo

    what a BIG joke, this line up is! pinagsama samang walang credibilidad. hahhahahaha katuwa naman. UNA sa lahat— una sa nakawan: ng boto, ng pera, ng “lakas.”

  • Sirena101

     “It’s a well chosen lineup considering the track record and the performance in public life if not in public office. They have no history or record of graft and corruption.” <— That's the kind of senators we need. Go Loren! 

  • theEyeofSauron

    I’m glad to see Loren is working with the president so well. It’s nice to see someone from the Senate who has a great relationship with the president. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Dalawa pa lamang ang napipili ko sa UNA para pagka senador.
    I hope it will not be a lip-service for UNA candidates BRAGGING
    that they will pursue PNoy’s agenda better than LP.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LQJOMUL2G4DXVR7Y52FE7AWTRA Ivan Phell


  • Labandera1

    UNA si Estrada na convicted plunderer, illegal gambling anak ng jueteng, UNA si Jack Enrile na shooter linked to Alfie Anido’s death at iba pa, UNA si Juan Ponce Enrile na Martial Law administrator, UNA si Mitos Fake Magsaysay na lapdog ni Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, UNA si Binay na Binay dynasty in Makati, UNA si Migz Zubiri linked to cheating, UNA sa mga trapo, UNA sa mamatay tao, UNA sa corruption, UNA sa baluktot na daan….UNA sa pagkasinungaling…UNA sa Epal….UNA sa yaman…

  • bong ifurung

    Only in the Philippines.  Politics here is very confusing.  It’s an individual thing. It is  not based on any party platform.  This is bad for our system.  It is based on popularity, relationship and money. No wonder our system of government and our economy is in such a bad shape.

    The LP to which the President is a member could not even have a pure LP line up.  Worse, it only fielded 3 LP members.  I could even remember who they are.  We should have a strict political party system and prohibit turn coatism and political dynasties.  It has been 25 years and yet Congress has not enacted the anti-dynasty law.  I don’t think we will ever have such a law.  The people should make their own anti dynasty law. Vote for a candidate who is not in any way related to any incumbent elected official.

    The senate is now run by a few families, movie stars, tv personalities, former rebels, and it is like an inheritance.  

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