De Venecia son quits UNA Senate slate at last minute




The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) kicked off the election season on Monday on the wrong foot.

One of the coalition’s candidate, businessman Joey de Venecia, pulled out at the last minute, guest candidates gave it the snub and organizers abandoned gimmicks planned for the collective filing of the certificates of candidacy of its senatorial slate in the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

UNA leaders—Vice President Jejomar Binay and former President Joseph Estrada—and its senatorial candidates were mostly on the defensive in their media interviews in their assembly point at the  Manila Hotel  as they downplayed the  departure of De Venecia from the decimated ticket.

There was rife speculation on who would take the place of De Venecia from television host Edu Manzano to spurned Liberal Party senator wannabe Quezon Rep. Lorenzo Tañada III.

San Juan Rep. Joseph Victor Ejercito said that he felt bad that his friend Tañada was abandoned by his party and that he would endorse UNA’s adoption of Tañada.  However, Binay declared that UNA was not considering Tañada “anymore.”

The Binay-Estrada  event also lost much of its glitter as three of its guest candidates—Senators Loren Legarda and Francis Escudero and Movie and Television Review and Classification Board Chair Grace Poe-Llamanzares—attended the Liberal Party bash at Club Filipino while they were no-shows at the Manila Hotel.

On the defensive

Binay and Estrada spent most of their time answering media’s questions on how UNA would be moving forward after being snubbed by Legarda, Escudero and Poe after the coalition made a big splash of these top contenders’ supposed decision to join UNA.

“We believe we will win, we have a strong lineup,”  Estrada said, brushing off the snub. He said that with Binay and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, the coalition would make a decision on the guest candidates soon. “We will make a policy on that,” said Estrada.

The UNA event also did not live up to its hype as the gathering lacked  cohesion among the candidates, and organizers abandoned some of its promised highlights, such as Estrada driving a jeep to ferry the candidates to the Comelec at “ala-una” (they were a few minutes late). They  rode a minibus wrapped in Binay’s violet-themed slogan and they also dropped the plan to stop over at Manila Cathedral for a short prayer.

De Venecia, who was under the  public spotlight in 2007 with his explosive testimonies on the National Broadband Network controversy, lost his bid for a Senate seat in 2010.

‘My time will come’

In deciding to leave the slate this time, De Venecia said his investments in the business process outsourcing  and technology sectors would need his full attention to continue gains in recent years.

“I have therefore decided not to run for the Senate in 2013. Instead, I will pursue these immediate business endeavors bringing investments and jobs to our country. In so doing, I shall have achieved through business what I will only begin achieving through the Senate,” he said. “My time in the Philippine Senate will come.”

UNA secretary general Navotas Rep. Tobias Tiangco shrugged off speculation that De Venecia’s withdrawal stemmed from his poor showing in the surveys. He was reported to be No. 13.

Enrile said that De Venecia, the namesake son of the former House Speaker, was just being  “a very practical person just like his dad.”

He said that UNA did not have to fill the entire 12 slots in its Senate lineup. “Even in war, it’s not the number of generals that you have. It’s the quality of the generals that you have that makes the difference,” he said.

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  • JV Velarde


  • Russell Ariola

    Ano ba naman kasing prinsipyo ng ganyang ticket eh puro kontra ang mga yan sa isat isa.

  • doncleo

    TANADA for SENATOR!!!!!

    • Tama Lang

       Tanada, Quimbo, de Venecia & Teodoro for senators. We need young and progressive blood in the Senate.

  • scorpio22

    If UNA still allow Escudero, Legarda, and Poe to be their guest candidates (which is silly to begin with as I have no idea what guest candidates really serve), not only that it will show them being desperate but are also gullible.

  • $14334231

    maybe these candidates leaving this party had been awaken due to the fact that binay, estrada and enrile are just using them to advance their objectives, i.e., grab the power and let their agendas reign….these three are “tuso”….these three had been in politics for too long they know how to manipulate people……

  • Mabuhay

    ang sarap ng pork barrel……ngasab ngasab ngasab….

  • Mabuhay

    Mitos walang prinsipyo…..paano magkakaroon ng prinsipyo ang taong humahalik sa puwet ni GMA? wag iboto si Mitos na sobrang sipsip kay GMA….mangungulimbat lang yan tulad ng kanyang amo….

  • Labandera1

    Erap Estrada is correct UNA has a strong line up. They have Jackie Enrile the shooter killer, Gringo Honassan the coup detat plotter, Milagros fake Magsaysay Tarayray lapdog of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Migz Zubiri the cheater, Ernesto Maceda the big brother. And they have the mentors, Erap Estrada the convicted plunderer, Juan Ponce Enrile the Martial Law Enforcer, and Binay dynasty in Makati…
    And they have a strong motto:  Binay Enrile Estrada and Estrada Enrile Binay….

  • Lolo Mo

    Imagine, a murderer as Senator? Kung sabagay, si Sabit Singson, tumakbo rin noon. He he he. Mga kengkoy ang line-up ng mga Senators ngayon, puro trapo, puro pasarap! Kawawa na naman si Juan de la Cruz. This year, our budget was 1.8 trillion pesos. Walang nangyari. Next year, 2 Trillion pesos plus. Wala ring mangyayari. As long as the personality of Puno is among the Cabinet Secretary of PNoy, they will always pull a “FAST BREAK.” 

    Just look what they have done. They have sold the Food Terminal Incorporated, a Marcos project to cushion the Filipino people from price manipulation by Chinese businessmen. That establishment was built to preserve perishable goods like meat, vegatables, etc in cooled storage. Wala! PNoy, with his greed sold the 106 hectares of prime land to the Ayalas. Did the common people ever gain anything from the transaction. Nada! Ang pera, never benefited the poor Filipinos.  While there is a very serious problem in Urban Housing, PNoy with his greed, sold the prime land. He is not aware that as government, he should solve the housing problem of marginalized poor. With 106 hectares, that is a very very big area which could have maintain the FTI, and insert on the unused area, sort of tenements to shelter the poor. Ang hirap, tatargetin din “Greedy PNoy” ang more than 1,000 hectares of military reservation in Taguig. Hayop itong mga Chinese sa gobyerno natin, they are fast transferring the ownership of government lands and asset to the Chinese.

    We, Filipinos may wake up one day and find that this country is no longer ours. Wake up you people. You are about to elect again a 98% Filipino-Chinese in the Senate! May narinig ba kayong objection from the Senate about the intrusion of Chinese in Scarborough Shoul? Wala. Paano, the loyalty of these Senators are highly questionable and anti-Filipino…

    Sige, boto ninyo uli ang mga Filipin0-Chinese sa Senate. Even Senator Trillianes may look like a native Filipino, but he is 100% Chinese. He even negotiate with China without our knowing it.

    • Constantine

      Marcos projects were all just smoke screen. Anything that Marcos did is full of corruption. Anybody who says that Marcos projects are good must be either a relative of Marcos or working under Bongbong Marcos in the Senate! Marcos stole not only our money but also the morals of Filipinos. Marcos legalized thievery from the public sector to the private sector!

      • Jezzrel

        Legalized???? Di ba kamo ibinagsak niyo para mawala kamo ang kurakot, eh anong nangyari, di ba mas malala ang kurakutan ngayon? Baka gusto mong isisi lahat kay dating Pangulong Marcos ang mga kalamidad ngayon sa atin???? you were mis informed man… you better search for the truth and and not rely on hearsay……

      • Lolo Mo

        Idiot. That is an idiotic statement. It is too risky to categorically say that ALL who appreciates Marcos projects are “relative of Marcos or working under Bonbong Marcos.” He he he. Got you!

    • Jezzrel

      At least sa mga Ayala (SPANISH Blood) napunta ang FTI, mahirap na kung napunta na naman sa mga FIL-CHINESE… 

  • Noypi11

    Itapon sa basurahan ang mga kandidato ng UNA maliban kay Legada, Escudero at Poe. Alam ng lahat na maliban sa tatlong nabanggit, All the UNA candidates are criminals, cheaters, at mga mandarambong. Ipakilla ng mga Pilipino na ang mga tao ng UNA ay hindi mapagkakatiwalaan.

    • Constantine

      Tumpak kaibigan!  He he he

  • Lolo Mo

    Pakiput si Jr. De Venecia. Alam naman niyang years ang planning sa political arena, last minute, nag back out? He he he. This guy is playing with our suffrage. Bakit hindi niya sinabi noon pa na hindi siya tatakbo? Talaga naman. Sa mga mayayaman, laro laro lang ang Senate at iba pang pweto sa gobyerno. Tignan mo si Jalos Jos, 3 provinces na ang hawak nila. Natutulog pa kaya ang mga utak ng Pinoy? Sa akin, isang damukal na uto-uto ang Pilipino. Ang hinalal nila sa gobyerno puro Filipino-Chinese. Kawawa ang mga bayani natin, they fought and sacrifice their life to free us from foreign invaders, just to fall again to another foreign race. Kailan pa ba kayo magigising………. he he he!

    • Constantine

      Devenecia woke up at the right time. Who wants to win with bandits all around you? He he he

    • Jezzrel

      “Ang hinalal nila sa gobyerno puro Filipino-Chinese. Kawawa ang mga bayani natin, they fought and sacrifice their life to free us from foreign invaders, just to fall again to another foreign race.” — Lolo, para yatang nakakalimutan mo na karamihan sa mga ninuno nating bayani ay di na FULL BLOODED FILIPINO, karamihan mestizo, kundi may dugong kastila, dugong chinese… pag kakaalam ko rin, meron ding dugong hapon…ikaw din, baka di mo alam eh yong dugo mo me halo rin pala… LOL…
      Siguro, iboto nating yong mga kapwa nating Filipino na talagang puro… meron kayang kumandidato? Hala udyokan natin sila, me oras pa anman yatang mag file ng kandidatura….Sige, ikampanya na lang natin yong mga kandidatong me dugong KASTILA……VIVA ESPAÑA!!!! VIVA LAS ISLAS FILIPINAS!!!!

      • Lolo Mo

        Ang sinabi ko ay CHINESE. Alam mo bang pure 101% Chinese blood ang mga Senators, Congressmen at mga Cabinet Secretary natin? Wala akong sinabing mistizo. Ginugulo mo ang usapan. Si PNoy ka Chinese Cojuangco. Si Roxas, ke Chinese Araneta. O, anong say mo? Palagay mo kaya, pag mayroon 100% na Filipino, papayagan na maging Chinese President? He he he. Only in the Philippines.  Tanungin mo ang mga Angara kung sila bay ay 100% Chinese? Mangilan-ngilan ang hindi 100% Chinese. Kahit na si Trillianes, Chinese din!

  • bgcorg

    Una sa mga kandidato ng UNA ang pangngangalaga ng buhay, katotohanan at mabuting kinabukasan para sa lahat na mga Pinoy.  Kilala ang mga lider ng UNA sa mga ideyal na ito para sa bansa natin.  Mabuhay ang UNA!

    • Constantine

      Are you talking in reverse? UNA’s three leaders represent everything bad about Filipinos. Corrupt, traditional politician, no integrity, etc. 

      • bgcorg

        Suppporters of these candidates may differ with your views.  We want the best for this country.  VP Binay’s survey rating is the highest.  Enrile’s performance in the Senate is exceptional.  Erap’s love for the masses rubs off to others in a charismatic kind of leadership.  The voters choose their leaders.

    • Ozamis7

      are you still dreaming ha…wake up na oy…baka bangungutin ka na…LOL…

      • bgcorg

        Realities start from dreams.  Dream and dream big.  Wake up from slumber, lol… 

  • joeybg

    BUNCH OF GARBAGE…. Sa 2013 malalaman  natin kung gaano karami ang mga Tangang Pilipino na boboto sa UNA.

  • pepengkabayo

    Kumandidato man o hindi si whislte blower De Venecia…wala rin.
    Gaya ng kasabihan….parang walang dumating at parang walang umalis.

  • Constantine

    You cannot blame Llamanzares, Sen Loren and Sen Chiz in joining the proclamation of LP Senatorial candidates and ignoring that of UNA. Everybody wants to be identified with an honest and clean leadership. Pnoy represents the new breed of Filipino leaders. Not traditiional politician, not corrupt and with unquestionable integrity. These three traits are absent from Estrada, Binay and Enrile of UNA!

    • WAJ

       I firmly believe that this coming election differs from past. This time, we will see the change. God Bless the Philippines.

  • Ronald D

    Hey Mr. De Venecia don’t expect that the filipino people will vote you for Senator we know already who you are and what you are after for your candidacy..”KURAK?T”. pare-pareho lang kayo ng ama mo at ni GMA. EPAL mo talaga.

  • spearheads

    Sa totoo lang mas matutuwa dapat si De Venicia at lalong di aatras ngayong si Escudero, Legarda, at Llamanzares ay dumikit sa LP. Kaya yang sinabing “business reason” kaya umatras siya is a lot of bull. Ito opinion ko lang but it makes a lot of sense. Sa umpisa pa lang pinagisipan na ni De Venicia Jr. ng husto yang “business reason” bago sumama sa UNA ticket.

    Ang dahilan kaya umatras si De Venicia ay pinaatras ng mga “personal advisers” niya dahil sa ipingalandakan ni Enrile sa kanyang memoir. Sanggang dikit yang si Ramos at De Venicia at yong ibinulgar ni Enrile na pinasayaw ni Imelda yong anim na heneral kasama si Ramos at Ver sa harap ng mga dignitaries na naka “hawaiian drag” at kuntodo “high heels” pa ay personal na insulto kay Ramos. Kahit totoo yong pangyayari ay di na dapat isinama ni Enrile sa libro niya. So, ang dating kay Ramos ay personal na insulto sa pagkatao niya kahit nanahimik yang si Tabako.  

    • spearheads

      In other words, the message of Enrile in recalling this particular incident cannot be overemphasized. Enrile was showing to the public the unquestionable and unwavering loyalty of Ramos and Ver to Imelda and that is very humiliating.

    • WAJ

      Hindi na sila nahiya. Para silang tuta ni Imelda…para sa akin, maghalo na ang balat sa tinalupan.

  • agaylaya

    Ang politics dito sa atin ay isang business. Yong desisyon ni Joey ay isang business decision hindi political decision. Sa palagay niya mas magandang sa BPO at IT business na lang nya ilagay yung pera nya which is at least Php 100 million para sa senatorial campaign. Yung pagwithdraw ni Joey ay isa ring indication na yung UNA ay walang campaign funds at kanya kanyang gastos sila. Or masiadong mataas ang hinihinging kapalit sa pundong ibibigay ng financier ng UNA. 

  • nice_boy

    Sayang!   De Venecia deprived me the pleasure of not voting for him.

  • 12JEM

    Very good decision…JdeV…Grow your business…for the benefit of many…for the country.

    Also your rating is not good. Chances of winning are therefore not good.

  • Tess Vilar Comer

    right move! alam nya kasing olat siya!

  • regd

    Let the dark midget VP figure this one out. He pride of being top of every survey di ba?

  • jorge cruz

    There is a time for everything, It is a right move . Mr. De Venecia is young , maybe some other time. 

  • Mananandata69

    Wise decision of De Venecia. After all, he is not a politician he is a businessman. Do business in the Phils. to give employment our kababayans.

  • Flavio

    Dapat palitan na ni Beenay ang name ng partido nila .Imbes na UNA , HULI na lang.
    HULI na ng umatras si De Venecia
    HULI na ng lumipat sa Liberal party sina Grace,Loren and Chiz
    HULI na ng dumating sila sa Comelec

    Malamang HULI o kulelat sila sa election . Buti nga…

  • Noel

    I don’t buy Joey’s reason that he has to concentrate on his business.  As a matter of fact, being a politician and senator even helps his business.  Majority of the politicians are business owners and they protect these.  

    • Gabriela Silang

      It just so happen that Joey is not corrupt so he doesn’t need to be a politician for his businesses to be on top.

      • danielmondejar

        ows! tell it to the marines!

      • boldyak

        hahaha…hindi corrupt…hahaha…

      • boldyak

        search in youtube…De Venecia -Lozada

  • rjimenez1226

    Binay vulok.

  • Labandera1

    Enrile said UNA motto is:  one for  all and all for one…
     which means:                  Binay Enrile Estrada and Estrada Enrile Binay…

  • prince_janus

    Tama lang na di ka tumuloy under the umbrella of UNA. Puro corrupt yung nakasilong diyan at humahawak ng umbrella. Good job! 

  • Tristanism


  • WAJ

    UNA walang maayos na kandidatong Senador. Malakas ang line up ng Administrasyon at maaasahan ng bayan.  

  • Rap88

    Backk offf…

  • Jawi

    senate – back off!

    sa oval ka na lang siguro muna tumakbo

  • dikoy321

    Go Forward LP and P-Noy Senatorial line-up and Gov’t programs!

    Change the political climate in the country, push Anti-Corruption, show GOOD Government!

    Forward Philippines!


  • hammieka

    Sa Mukha palang ni Binay hindi mo na mapagkakatiwalaan.

  • Cal_Reznick

    He probably realized that being a Senator was more than just about making money. You’d have to work hard to help the country improve. Ironically there are not enough people in the government and even the Administration who work hard to improve the country.

    I don’t know their hours of operation but just based on what you see around you, there are still many problems left unsolved and appearing to be neglected. 

  • Jerry_SeinfeId

    Bravo De Venecia… to be allied with CROOKS is being a crook.

  • Jasmin

    Tiangco is correct..  Younger De Venecia doesn’t want to lose hence he withdrew his candidacy

  • marcos_hitler_diktador_tuta

    Hmm, nabawasan ng isang kurakot pero madami pa rin sila na kurakot at mandaraya.

    Basta, NO to UNA!!!

  • Albin

    kung wala na si devencia, dapat ipalit yung kabaro – si danton remoto.

  • Alupasi

    De Venecia was reported to be no. 13

    bakit ka nag back off bro, pagkatapos ng totoong survey at bilangan sa 2013 eh, nasa no. 12 ka na, ayaw mo ba nun?

  • January

    dagdag nyo si Aling Deonecia,,,o kayay mga Tatay nyo para completo kayo sa senado,,,kahit walang alam sa batas hala larga..

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