UNA, Estrada rap LP for restricting common bets



Former President Joseph Estrada

Deposed President and convicted plunderer Joseph Estrada assailed the Liberal Party declaration that it would not allow its “common” candidates with the rival United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) to join the campaign sorties of the UNA.

Estrada, a senior UNA leader, said this amounted to a virtual “ban” being imposed on Senators Francis Escudero and Loren Legarda, and Grace Poe-Llamanzares who are running under both the ruling LP and the UNA senatorial tickets.

“They’re running scared,” Estrada, 75, said of the administration coalition. “They know that the results of the 2013 elections would reflect their chances in 2016,” he said.

Estrada said he was initially adamant against allowing so-called “common” candidates to join LP sorties. But he said he eventually reconsidered and even allowed Escudero, Legarda and Llamanzares to give “priority” to the LP.

“They are the priority, that’s OK with us. But why can’t they be allowed to join our campaign if there’s no schedule with LP?” he said in Filipino.

LP reminder


Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya, the acting LP president, has reminded Escudero, Legarda and Llamanzares about the ruling party’s standing policy against campaigning with the UNA.

Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone, an LP member, said the UNA “cannot have the best of both worlds.” He said the UNA should clarify once and for all whether it was “fully supportive of President Aquino or has taken the role of the so-called united opposition that stands in the way of his daang matuwid reform agenda.”

“The UNA cannot straddle two horses by foisting the grand deception upon our voters that it remains fully supportive of President Aquino’s program while undermining his daang matuwid agenda with its leaders’ incessant attacks on his reform programs,” he said in a statement.

Evardone warned that UNA candidates were “heading for poll defeat should they follow their leaders in going opposition at this time when an overwhelming majority of Filipinos appreciate—and are beginning to reap benefits from—the reform program of President Aquino.”

‘Harsh, unkind’


UNA secretary general Tobias Tiangco on Tuesay said Abaya’s statement seemed to deviate from the party’s “supposedly caring and open-minded” image, describing the LP ban as “too harsh and unkind.”

“I’m not sure if Secretary Abaya is aware of his pronouncements. He is actually putting President Aquino on the spot. Abaya’s cold-hearted statement is putting the President in a bad light,” he said.

But the rival political coalitions apparently have more serious conflicts than just the issue of sharing their “common” candidates during the campaign.

‘Squeezing us’


Estrada accused the administration of pressuring incumbent UNA officials to help ensure its victory in the May elections and, ultimately, in the 2016 presidential derby. He cited the case of Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, who was suspended by Mr. Aquino for six months for allegedly usurping the authority of her late vice governor.

Appointed to replace Garcia in the meantime is Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, the sister of one of the President’s closest friends, Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras.

“Talagang iniipit” [They are really squeezing us],” he complained.

Tiangco said UNA was leaving it up the three “common” candidates whether to join UNA sorties in the face of the LP ban.

“We treat them as guests and we accord them the respect and hospitality that must be due them,” he said.

Tiangco said the three “common” candidates had a “stronger bond and solid affinity with the UNA,” which is led by Estrada, Binay and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, than with the LP.

He also sought to remind the LP that the UNA ticket was faring better in the surveys of who people were likely to vote for in the May elections.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CJQU6JXTCCFD7OQAPKVJH3UIVM Lito

    Shame to the fence-sitters.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BFQWTB3Z6DK76IWGHUMC4NO5JY Isang Pilipino

    The LP is within its rights to set up its own house rules. Aba, bakit naman na gagalit itong si jueteng lord Erap sa rules ng LP? Guest candidates of LP should not have accepted to run also under the LP banner if it does not want to be covered by the LP rules. It’s easy. They can choose between UNA or LP. They can’t have their cake and eat it too!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      What House Rules ?  There’s no rule in politics.  Anything goes in politics.

  • Jane Tan

    Frankly, I’m scared if there are still people who will vote for Estrada.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      You’re the only one who’s scared.  Are you saying that people were scared after voting Erap as Mayor, Senator, Vice President and President?

      • $20722540

        marami po….hindi scared kundi sawa sa mga katulad ni “erap napara sa mahirap” tapos kumuha ng pera ng bayan kaya na convict ng plunder omg!

      • spider69

        kasi ang mga Pinoy na botante kapag nakikita sa TV & movie ay iboboto. hindi nagiisip ang mga botante. O baka talagang walang pag-iisip.

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OLHP7TKAHADXWOJWBBPLTLLKNA Vincent

        para kang may nana sa utak kung magsalita ka! Aso ka ba talaga o aso ka talaga?

  • vaporub123

    wala ng ibang kandito na pwede mapagpilian ng mamayan pilipino? we are a nation of 94 milliom pilipino’s and these are the only ones to chose from?lahat trapos?we have to wake up for the future of our nation.we have to vote wisely.

    • brunogiordano

      “wala ng ibang kandito na pwede mapagpilian ng mamayan pilipino.”

      Ang mga matitinong tao ay ayaw ng tumakbo Sa ano man puesto Sa pamahalaan dahil –

      Pag kumandidato ka ngayon ang tawag sa iyo ay POLITICIAN. BAD WORD iyan.

      Karamihan sa mga matitinong tao ay walang pagasang manalo.

  • akongednamzug

    Kaya ganyan si Erap, malaki ang kanyang paniniwala na mabango pa rin siya sa masang Pilipino. Sana naman ito ay manatiling isang paniniwala lang.

  • vince_bugaboo

    ni hindi ko tinapos basahin ang article na ito. everytime estrada speaks nasusuka ako!
    E bakit ko ilalabas ang kinain ko dahil lang sa sinasabi n’ya? Ang mahal pa naman ng bigas at sardinas!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3UAABFPUE5ZKBXOAGLWL6POGWU joel genese

      Talo kita. Yung title lang binasa ko sabay scroll down na sa comment section. lol!

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OLHP7TKAHADXWOJWBBPLTLLKNA Vincent


    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      Puwede mo naman kainin uli ang sinuka mo tulad ng isang aso.

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OLHP7TKAHADXWOJWBBPLTLLKNA Vincent

        uy! ba’t marunong gumamit ng PC ang asong ito? by cue, ano? 
        tapos mo na bang dilaan ang etits mo? wala ng garapata?

  • RyanIlagan

    What an Idiot.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/YQMUJDUNIFBXRJMS4CTKFRH7F4 Erick

      Hahhaa. mangmang lang

  • JewelAgoncillo

    Ban? Sana di niyo nlang sila kinuha kung magtatampo kayo ng ganyan. Sus. Sakit naman sa bangs

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YQMUJDUNIFBXRJMS4CTKFRH7F4 Erick

    Erap strikes again! ! ! hahaha

  • hmangontawar

    If you joined Erap in UNA, you will be identified with corrupt officials.


    would these 3 candidates improve your UNA line-up? from worse to bad?

  • kulittwit

    Convicted plunderer, bakit kami maniniwala sa yo erap?

    Kahit ano pa sabihin mo, UNA sa listahan namin mga kandidato ni PNoy.

    Magsama kayo nina binay at enrile! mga trapo!

  • spider69

    sa umpisa pa lang ng balita na Deposed & convicted plunderer President. bakit ko ito iboboto. plunderer pala at nakulong.

  • ramelatilano


  • justjarred

    Katuwa naman itong Inquirer! simpleng manira kay Erap LOL!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3UAABFPUE5ZKBXOAGLWL6POGWU joel genese

    In the first place, there’s should be no Common Candidate.

  • symonwho

    Llamanzares, Legarda and Escudero should make up their mind on whether they are anti-corruption or not, daan matuwid or not, anti-dynasty or not.  Then they will know which party to campaign with.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004097055586 Chava Villabona

      in that case, Legarda, Escudero and Llamanzare-Poe should not campaign with BOTH PARTIES.

  • pabulaka

    If UNA is really strong as they claimed, why complain about the absence of the 3 candidates? Can you not stand on your own with your remaining candidates? Your reaction is telling me that you need those 3 in campaigning because they attract prospective voters. Those 3 are known already so concentrate on the remaining candidates to be winnable. Stop whining!!!!

    • jgl414567

      Tama ka!

  • jgl414567

    Magtulong tulong tayong mga Pilipino para di na manalo mga tiwaling pulitiko tulad ni Erap, Binay at Enrile at mga kampon nila sa UNA!

  • edleon

    Bakit natin pagdududahan ang mga taga UNA??? Mga lider pa lang nila (ERAP, BINAY, at ENRILE) ay napakalinis na… sigurado ganoon din ang mga tagasunod nila..oh diba? 

    • mrgracia

      Oo nga, agree ako diyan… Para silang mga puting anghel na kinulayan ng itim! Maiitim ang mga budhi! Kaya inatake si Mirriam, nakakakita siya ng maitim na malignong may bigote sa senado…

  • concern_netizen

    The UNA leaders must accept that good governance takes a lot of delikadeza.  Our leaders must survive based on their principles and convictions instead of political diplomacy.  I hope to see the day when voters punish ‘balimbing’ and ‘friendly’ politicians who fail to make a stand just so to please everyone.

  • silvershade

    Halata masyado ang pagiging bias ng reporter na ito against UNA.  Opening statement pa lang ng report niya ay paninira kaagad kay Erap: “Deposed President and convicted plunderer Joseph Estrada”.  Bakit di na lang Former President?  Malamang bayarang reporters itong sina Christian Esguerra and Tarra Quismundo in the guise of reporters of Inquirer.  O baka nga tama si Manong Johnny that Inquirer is on a crusade of destroying UNA?

    • bogger007

      Deposed President at Convicted Plunderer naman talag eh!!

    • batangsulpok

      Tama naman na “Deposed President and convicted plunderer Joseph Estrada”, anong pinagpuputok ng butse mo?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RSFBL2UPAYEEIHSZWI35OB3ZEQ jun

      don’t sugarcoat the bitter pill. mandarambong naman talaga ang amo mo. saka anong destroying UNA? your party is in self-destruct mode…

      • wilFired

        dapat nga ipakain lahat sa buwaya, pero hindi pwede giant buwaya  si bigot, si tanda at maitim na kapre.

    • Janch

      Tingnan mo naman kung sinu-sino ang nagbubuo at kasapi sa UNA.  Hindi na kailangan ng crusade para sirain yan.

    • mrgracia

      Masakit talagang marinig ang katotohanan… Unang-una, ang line-up mismo ng UNA ang sisira sa una. Triplet sa Uma ang mga lider nito. Nangangamoy SKUNK!

  • clark

    napakairesponsable at bias tlaga ang pahayagang ito,,o nagpapagamit lang ang pahayagang ito,,

  • Ed Molina

    ang gusto ng LP may paninindigan. ang sabi naman ng UNA, ok lang mamangka sa dalawang ilog. why am i not surprised?

    • Andres_Bagumbayan

      LP, may paninindigan? eh bakit nila kinuha ang palipad-lipad na senadorang Loren Legarda sa kanilang tiket kung talagang may paninindigan ang LP….

  • billy gunner

     “Deposed President and convicted plunderer Joseph Estrad”

    funny but somehow irresponsible journalism. this guy could have written for tiktik or bomba instead.

    • Janch

      Noticed the opening description immediately.  Its quite refreshing actually.

      It’s hilarious how parties choose the “winnable” candidates rather than those that could best serve the public.  Panay recycled trash tuloy ang nasa line ups nila.  Mga trapo talaga oo.

    • marionics

      so erap was not deposed or convicted?

    • Andres_Bagumbayan

      Hindi ka na nasanay…Sa PILIPINAS,lahat ng malalaking peryodiko,may kinikilingan at prinoprotektahan politiko.Isa na dito ang PDI at Phil. Star na maka-Aquino mula’t sapul… Ang Daily Tribune ay maka-erap naman!!!

  • wilFired

    Hindi na ngayon bigote, wala kayong silbi sa mga mamayan, mga trapos , gahaman at UNA MAGDARAMBON. Shame UNA. Lahat nang UNA MABUBURA SA ELECTION,,,,,,,,,,,

  • yesyesyo

    Wala ka nang credibility erap, convicted plunderer.

    Straight LP coalition kami!

  • LegalJustice

    Why Mr. Estrada is running Mayor in Manila when he is convicted?

    Once you are convicted – you are convicted you cannot run a higher office in The Philippines.

    Yes, he was pardoned by GMA but that doesn’t mean he can run as mayor.

    Pardon is only for him not to prolong his Jail  Time and it doesn’t mean you are absolved with your crime act as plunderer.

    Ano na naman kaya ang gimmick ni Mr. Erap ? I hope the manilenyo think hard before voting this person again.

  • mrgracia

    Erap, saksak mo sa baga mo ang tatlo mong kandidato!. Hindi kailangan ng administrasyon ang mga ‘yan.

  • 1GeorgeTolentino2

    Tang*&%#@na yang tatlong yan ang dapat hindi iboto at ilaglag ng sambayanang Pilipino. Mga Wwalang paninindigan!

  • batukan

    rightly so, otherwise,why vote for these three(3) if they consider themselves as UNA candidates, let UNA recognize them but they should regard themselves as LP candidates.  Anyway, at this point I don’t think they should be voted for they really have not done any significant act for the country except for themselves. The filipino people should vote for new candidates – down with the old politicians and the trapos

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FWD5IDZT7SXOEHKLE3O7CGFOAE Bright

    A vote for UNA is a vote for backwardness in the years to come. Di na tau uuna but nasa huli na. 

    Why change LP when LP is doing good? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    I’m no fan of Erap.  But his detractors continue to bash him even if he’s the lesser evil among the past presidents particularly GMA.  Erap was charged, impeached that did not continue, ousted unconstitutionally, convicted but his crime was jueteng.  Yet, jueteng remains to be rampant with more killings under this new administration.  Let’s give the guy a break.  If he wants to serve the people of Manila before he meets his creator, let him.  Let’s not judge him.  He may be sincerely wanting to leave a legacy before he dies.  He has nothing to prove.  He just wants to serve for the last time.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OLHP7TKAHADXWOJWBBPLTLLKNA Vincent

      mag-isa kang magbigay ng break sa kanya! let’s see if it will amount to anything. Ikaw ang lalamon sa salita mo na parang aso pag nanalo sya at nagnakaw ulit ng katakut-takot! Magbasa ka ng comment ng iba para magising ka at isara mo na ang bunganga mo!

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