UNA confusing voters–Palace

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Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. FILE PHOTO

Malacañang on Wednesday accused the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of riding on the popularity of President Aquino and “confusing” the public by claiming that it is not really against the President.

In projecting itself as a “constructive opposition,” the rival coalition was trying to confuse the electorate on its political allegiances, said presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.

“They don’t want to go against the President because of (his high) approval rating. To be seen as going against the President is to diminish their chances of being elected,” Lacierda told a Palace briefing Wednesday.

UNA, an election coalition of former President Joseph Estrada’s Partido ng Masang Pilipino and Vice President Jejomar Binay’s Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan, is ranged against the Liberal Party-led administration coalition in the 2013 polls.

Handpicked by Aquino

 

The LP senatorial candidates in the administration’s “Team Pinoy” were personally handpicked by the President.

According to Lacierda, the UNA candidates have not put forward a platform of government that would distinguish themselves from the administration slate.

“Those running under the (administration) coalition have proven themselves in the public and also in the private sector where they come from. You can identify each and every individual, and you make a judgment for yourself: Am I going to vote this particular individual?” Lacierda said.

“The President chose them, has said, ‘these are my people and these people will push (for) my reforms.’”

Lacierda questioned why, if the UNA was “supportive” of the Aquino administration, UNA secretary general and Navotas Rep. Tobias Tiangco had testified in favor of ousted Chief Justice Renato Corona at an administration-driven Senate impeachment trial in 2012.

He said UNA had also attacked the administration for the six-month suspension slapped on Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia for allegedly usurping the authority of her late vice governor to hire contractual employees.

Roxas in 2016?

In the same Palace briefing, Lacierda tossed back to the LP the issue of the possible presidential candidacy in 2016 of Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas, who lost the vice presidency to Binay in 2010.

“That’s an LP matter. Let the LP respond to it,” he said.

But he stressed that so far as Roxas was concerned, “he has the mandate to perform his duties” as interior secretary regardless of his political plans.

“I spoke to Secretary Roxas. He said ‘I have an obligation, I have a mandate to perform, and I intend to to it regardless of 2016.’ So he isn’t thinking all these things in preparation for 2016 because there are (other) concerns right now,” Lacierda said.

In an apparent attempt to draw the battle lines between the administration’s Team Pinoy and the UNA, Sen. Frank Drilon told a late-night ANC television interview on Wednesday that the LP was drafting Roxas, the LP president-on-leave, as its presidential candidate in 2016 amid expectations that the UNA would rally behind Binay’s presidential ambitions.

Sought for comment Wednesday, Roxas said he himself was taken aback by Drilon’s announcement that the LP was drafting him as its presidential candidate in 2016.

“Maybe that’s his (Drilon’s) plan or projection. But I am focused on my work to address criminality and this doesn’t cross my mind,” Roxas said in a text message. With a report from Norman Bordadora

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

    Here come again the member of the Federation.Blah blah blah……

    • latino_boom

      Eh parang kang tanga…spokesperson nga eh … kaya puro sya blah blah kc nga spokesperson… tanga ka?…use your common sense common na nga eh ayaw pa gamitin

    • Jane Tan

      lol magreklamo ka sa naginterview, hinde sa interviewee.

  • bogli_anakdami

    flip gung gongs/voters are not easily confused by the color of money… kulay ube lang type ko…

  • okayayonip

    UNA…baka naman UNA-han sa pagnanakaw lang ang mangyayari nyan, nakakanerbiyos ang mga katulad ni ERAP na nagpasasa rin noong panahon nya, si enrile, magna 90 yrs old muli pang nangangarap sa kapangyarihan, si Binay may mga naging kaso rin noong mayor sa makati ng pangungurakot pati asawa…(partner in crime)…nakakatakot na naman para sa pilipinas isipin ninyo kung si binay ang maging presidete ang nasa kanan nya si ERAP at sa kaliwa ay si enrile na malapit pala kay GMA at FG. anong kabulukan na naman ang naghihintay sa bayan ko.

    • Jane Tan

      wtf… invisible bridges? we might be able to buy a whole fleet of invisible planes, invisible helicopters and invisible pilots.

      stealth ftw.

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Crime rate is going up. Mall shooting one after another. And yet, Mar Roxas is more concerned with his 2016 political ambition.

    Naku po!

    • Jane Tan

      I believe he said otherwise.

      And, if you think its so easy to catch these criminals, don’t you think its your civic duty to join an investigations unit or the police force?

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        I believe Mar took you for a fool. And he’s right at least on that count.

      • Jane Tan

        I believe you skipped reading class. I don’t support Roxas but atleast I know how to read.

  • Ronald

    Engot lang ang boboto sa mga yan. Those are the same people who were pushing for the repressive Cyberlaw bill, the same people who were having their way with the people’s money. 

  • $37644997

    The other meaning of UNA is UNAHAN.,people are more educated now than before,just watch for the results of May elections.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UEHZP52OVNUUPVT3VJNWPUGVLU Peter L

      The other meaning of LP is laging palpak! Just look at the bum decisions on his smoking, women, guns, etc.

      • Jane Tan

        What’s wrong with raising taxes on smoking? What’s wrong with a gun ban?

        Radical ka ba?

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

    Credibility is the issue in the coming election. Iboboto nyo ba mga manok ni Binay, Enrile at Erap? Kayo na ang bahala! Basta, vote wisely. Youth vote, ipakita natin ang boses natin.

  • Hellomr

    Sa sabihin kong deretsahan wala akong iboboto sa isa man sa mga UNA. , dahil straight ang boto ko para sa LP…………

    • FernandoBusi

      Masasabi ko lang NO FoI NO LP :-)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BZNLPGZTPCSDMH2Y7P754CJQ6U Jose Mari d

    May mga trapo sa mga pinili ni Pnoy pero sa UNA, halos lahat ay TRAPO.   Kapag nanalo si Masiba este Maceda pala, talagang wala nang pag-asa ang Pinas,

    • justjarred

       sa palagay ko naman halos wala ng boboto kay maceda. damatan na din .

      • Jane Tan

        nakita mo ba ang mga nag-campaign para kay enrile? amf… baka naman nagpakain lang siya sa senate gamit ang pera ng taxpayer tapos bonus P500, sali na sila sa sulok niya

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TCQMRK4HVOSF2IGML46TAGKMXU Benjamin

    Isa lang ang okay sa UNA at iyon ay si Dick Gordon. Ang ibang mga kandidato sa UNA ay puro mga trapo ay may political dynasties. Si Maceda ay isang bulok na kamatis na nagpipilit na sumama. Remember what the former Mayor Lacson of Manila said about Maceda in the later part of 1950’s. He said and it was quoted… “Maceda is so young and yet so corrupt”. That’s coming from the word of the greatest Mayor Manila has ever had… Arsenio Lacson. Maceda is a corrupt, and a crook politician who took advantage when he was in power by siding with Marcos, with FVR and whoever was in power then. REJECT ALL UNA CANDIDATES except probably Gordon.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZBQABEZDMNJ4ZRMG6MEPYGYDPU FELICIANO

      Are you kidding me. Dick Gordon thinks he owns Olongapo. Kilala namin ang tunay na ugali nya. I hope you lose in the election. 

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

        Am sure you’re from Olongapo and you know Dick Gordon very well. It’s good there’s a place like this forum where we will know more about certain personalities. Honestly, I voted Gordon/Bayani last presidential election because I thought they were the best among the candidates. But I still think the same. Aquino is not corrupt but can he deliver economic reform? And then there’s other, Erap, who’s far worst. As for VP, there’s no doubt, Bayani could have been the best choice.

    • bisdakis

      At least sa UNA may isa. Sa LP ni isa! heheheheehehehee

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/FQQPZLNOMD2EBFTHSWOP6QGZWY Marshall

      Sa Olongapo labolabo na ang mga Gordon …Gordon vs. Gordon na ang labanan sa pagka Mayor..
      Noong 2010 presidential elections inilampaso ni Noynoy si Dick Gordon sa Olongapo..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UEHZP52OVNUUPVT3VJNWPUGVLU Peter L

    The confusion has started three years ago!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZBQABEZDMNJ4ZRMG6MEPYGYDPU FELICIANO

    UNAhan sa pagnanakaw ang mga iyan pag nanalo si Binay as President. Its time for the Filipino people to choose a good President like Pinoy. NO TO BINAY AS PRESIDENT AND NO TO HIS ALLIES. DO NOT VOTE FOR THESE THIEVES.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

    Do not vote those in favor of political dynasties, and those who defy the law – both from LP and UNA.
    Do not vote for: Jack Enrile; Bum Aquino; Nancy Binay; Trillanes; JV Estrada; Hontiveros; Maceda; Cayetano.

    • upupperclassman

      People should vote for Trillianes and Hontiveros but not the rest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paolo-Hernandez/100001326302694 Paolo Hernandez

    WE SUPPORT P-NOY!

  • Fulpol

    Lacierda is out of his mind…

    VP Binay is a close associate of BS Aquino III.. Cory and Binay during Marcos, EDSA and Cory’s term…. BS Aquino III and Binay during rallies in Makati at Arroyo’s term

    and NOT of Mar Roxas to BS Aquino III…

  • isidro c. valencia

    Ang solution, if I may suggest, remove Binay from P-Noy’s Cabinet. We have good Filipinos better than Binay. Look at MMDA. What has Binay done? Kung tutuusin mas magaling si Bayani, ang totoong Bayani (sa pangalan lang) sa pagpapalakad.

    Sa Housing, bakit hinde si Kuya Tony Meloto? Di hamak na mas magaling yan. Mas maputi pa yan (I mean ang buhok).

    Hiwalay kung hiwalay.
    Dilaw kung dilaw.
    Itim kung itim.

    • upupperclassman

      P-Noy should have done what you suggested much earlier.

  • saktolang

    kahit ano pa ang sabihin nyo bilib pa rin ako kay pinoy. LP lang ang iboboto ng buong pamilya ko

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RDNBJXO442D6L4B54ZD6UT3DRM ELMERG

    baka ma surprise kayo…the aquino’s will support binay in 2016….roxas will be left behind…d ba yan ang nangyari noong 2010?

  • billy gunner

    WTF lacierda?

    just because you are on the opposite side it doesnt mean you are against the president. are you confused about two opposing forces: UNA and LP (team penoy) who both support the president? if you are confused, better pack your things. you have no business being in the palace!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paolo-Hernandez/100001326302694 Paolo Hernandez

    UNA sa Kawatan!
    UNA sa TRAPO!
    UNA sa Corruption!
    UNA sa Abuso!
    UNA sa Corruption!
    HULI ang Taong Bayan!

    We support P-NOY!

    • wood68

       UNA ang pamilya!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIWYLFLU4LPKS7B2ZLLRVFKS3Y vir_a

    Political dynasty per se is bad. Mr. Lacierda is giving us a confusing distinction. Political dynasty cannot be subjected to hair-splitting argument. There is no justification for it but totally ban it because it is provided for in the constitution. They just have to follow the law.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paolo-Hernandez/100001326302694 Paolo Hernandez

    Tanong: Anu ang SOSYAL na tawag sa isang Kabit?
    Sagot: Chief of Staff

    Kung gusto nyo iboto ang may maraming Kabit, iboto ang UNA.
    UNA sa Imoralidad!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CG6AWFVDA46M5DMR2G7VNAMFUM Mark

      ULOOL!!

    • im_not_convinced

       Tanong : Ano tawag sa taong nag papangap na reincarnation ni Ninoy pero wala naman ginawa para sa bayan?
      Sagot: BAM!

      Kung gusto niyo iboto ang puro pangap lang at walang silbe, vote LP para tuloy and dynasty.

      • joeybg

        Tanong: anong tawag sa babae na gustong maging senator na dahil ang kanyang  Ama ay opisyal ng gobyerno??

        Sagot: KAWATAN

      • Verchez

         Naku naman mag check ka muna ng facts about Bam Aquino bago ka magsusulat dito. Ipinapakita mo na ikaw ang walang ginagawa.

      • kolambogan

        Mas marami ang pabor sa Dynasty rule sa UNA, tama ba talaga ang takbo ng iyong komento? Paki linaw nga, if you’re not convinced, I’m confused by your last statement.

  • http://twitter.com/BenJuarz Benito Juarez

    DISQUS keeps blocking my comments. It started two weeks ago. WHYYYYY?

    • kapalkupal

      tanong mo sa nanay mo

  • FernandoBusi

    Pass the FoI Bill or people will say NO to LP!!!

  • FernandoBusi

    Look guys what ever is said here si Indio pa rin mananalo sa 2016 kasi masmaraming CDE votes kesa AB voters its that simple. 

  • Noel

    People should understand that UNA is a unique political party.  It’s both opposition and ally of the administration.  Binay is Vice President.  Erap is a friend of Pnoy.  Some of the administration candidates are closely identified to UNA and vice versa.  If we really want to see an honest to goodness opposition party, let’s return to two-party system like that of LP-NP in the past.

  • Yxon

    LP  should distance itself with UNA;  there should be no common candidates with them; if oone attends to UNA’s rally, he should be outrightly kicked out from LP

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WN5TKEXEJ2VHQVNGP2CJEDLJH4 Jess

    You are extremely wrong Atty. Lacierda, because VP Binay is more popular than Pinoy. without Cory’s death he would not have gained the masses sympathy. Remember nobody can be elected president without the mass vote, elites cannot make a President. ERAP could have been President without his mother’s death. Even Cory cannot match the magic of Erap, you must remember that.Napatunayan na yan,. mas ibinoboto ng tao ang kandidatong suportado noon ni Erap kaysa suportado ni Cory.Like what happened in Rizal province during the time of Cory and Ramos.Tionalo ng kandidato ni Erap ang kandidato ni Cory at Ramos para maging Governor ng Rizal.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/T7PT2JRMQRM5PTMFETXCUIHN6I Juanito Garcia

       di ba noong presidential elections mas malaki ang nakuhang boto sa san juan ni pnoy kaysa kay erap?

    • joeybg

      naging popular lang si Bigote dahil sa mga pelikula niya na palagi siyang bida na akala ng mga Tangang Bobo-tante na sa tunay na buhay ay ganoon si Bigote. 

      ang dami kasing Tanga dito sa Pinas.

    • kolambogan

      Kaya nga ng matauhan ang mga taong sumuporta kay Erap, sila rin mismo ang nagpatalsik dito. Ang taong minahal ng masa ay hindi kailanman nito itinatatwa o isinusuka katulad nila Marcos, Estrada/ Erap at Gloria na mga nakinabang lang ang laging tagapagtaguyod. at laging naninira sa mag-inang Cory at P’noy

  • im_not_convinced

    “Those running under the (administration) coalition have proven
    themselves in the public and also in the private sector where they come
    from. You can identify each and every individual, and you make a
    judgment for yourself: Am I going to vote this particular individual?”
    Lacierda said. 

    What has Bam done for the country except doe everything he can to look like his tito?

    • joeybg

      why don’t you check his resume then compare it to Binays daughter and Enriles son.

      • JuanTamadachi

        good one.

    • Verchez

       Naku naman mag check ka muna ng facts about Bam Aquino bago ka magsusulat dito. Ipinapakita mo na ikaw ang walang ginagawa.

      • Verchez

        * Bam Aquino became the youngest person in Philippine history to head a
        government agency when he was appointed at age 26 to become Chairman of
        the National Youth Commission?
        *Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines (Community Development and Social Enterprise, 2010)
        *Jose Rizal Most Outstanding Model Student of the Philippines (1999)
        *Young Global Leader (World Economic Forum, 2006)
        *United Nations Project Inspire Grand Prize (The Hapinoy Program, 2011)
        *Asian Social Entrepreneur of the Year (World Economic Forum, 2011)
         
        At marami pang iba.

      • JuanTamadachi

        good one.

    • superdad_arc

      Wow you’re out of circulation for some time. . .

    • Jeffrey Peligro

      madami wala lang nga press release at epal epal…

  • Guest

    Pinagmamalaki ni Erap, laking Tondo siya e wala ngang records sa City Hall of Manila na ipinanganak si Erap sa Tondo, sinungaling ka pa rin Erap!

  • disqusted0fu

    Yes, hold on tight to that popularity, claim it, because that is all you have. Once popularity is taken away from Pnoy and his administration then talks about actual and real accomplishments come about, that’s the time this powerful group will lose its advantage.

  • andrew lim

    Kapag kay Binay,
    Aatras ang buhay! 

  • vanguard61

    Most of our kababayans have this penchant for stargazing. Seemingly Fascinated and obsessed the loyal fans that they are, they watch their favorite politicians and movie stars turned politicians  up on stage promising them everything just to get their votes. Our friends, misty eyed in awe and admiration to their idol, pledges full support. While others not equally interested in the stargazing phenomenon turns a blind eye but lends an open palm for a few bucks and the rest is history. Friends, this coming election don’t be fooled by empty promises. Choose the ones that are truly deserving and support them in nation building. 

  • vaporub123

    all the accomplishments of p-noy will be claimed by u.n.a. that they are the fiscalizers ot the administration.voters should learn about the events that happens in the senate where enrile give away taxpayers money to buy his position;dynasties in the making for L.P or U.N.A;   VOTE WISELY MY COUNTRYMEN FOR OUR CHILDRENS FUTURE.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

    Lacierda is correct. Dapat MAGPAKATOTOO na ang UNA…..

  • gilbs72

    It is sad that Malacanang is still pushing for the old style politics of partisanship.  Along with the information age, people are more informed and they want their leaders to be pro- or contra- issues.  Not pro- or contra- partido or personality.  A good politician must support or condemn the party’s or coalition’s actions based on merit, regardless of his affiliation.

  • $14141131

    UNA is a political party. If it can gain from Nhoynhoy, then so be it. Nhoynhoy is not complaining but only the Malacanang group who must be supporting Roxas. 

    UNA is taking advantage of the popularity of Nhoy and Binay. Some Nhoy’s minions are loyal Binay supporters and friends. What’s the problem? Roxas’s group are looking insecure.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JBTJXZVGZ6L6KALBKFT3FDIONQ Othro

    Somebody  please  tell  the  teachers  and the Boy Scout  Coordinators  that  they  are  being  used  by  Binay  to  promote  himself  without  doing  anything  for   DECS  and the BSP… 

  • josesantos318

    The script of UNA is to align themselves with the programs of pnoy , thus establishing themselves not an opposition. You don’t hear the three kings criticizing the LP, you hear only tianko doing that. That is their strategy. The people is not much interested in what tianko thinks. Going back to the corona impeachment,this guy has been identified as a traitor by the representatives because he revealed in public what was discussed in the executive session of congress.
    The three kings are just maintaining their silence. They don’t want to say anything against the administration because it is enjoying a high rating with the voters.
    This election is about platform, the LP platform is already known, what is the platform of UNA .

  • childofreasons

    What are these people busying themselves about 2016 election? It’s just the start of 2013. The people didn’t  vote for them to talk about 2016 elections. What a waste of taxpayers’ money.

  • Philcruz

    The UNA is the opposition, period.
    They cannot be trusted. Period.
    No ifs and buts about it. Period.
    I won’t vote for them. Period.

  • observer1356

    ”  “confusing” the public “??  bakit kayo magre-reklamo? gumawa kayo ng tamang hakbang at paraan para mapangalagaan nyo ang partido at mga kandidato nyo … 

    gimmickry lang yan syempre… kanya-kanyang gawa ng paraan para manalo…

    cry babies!..

    (although, LP majority pa rin iboboto ko, at kay P-Noy pa rin panalig ko bilang pangulo)

  • wawa2172

    Confusing the public? It was PNoy who ask to work for collaborative alliance with the opposition.PNoy have ask the opposition not to rock the boat and the three kings of UNA was just happy to obliged. PNoy made sure that that Abad will provide the funds of the UNA members in terms of pork but not for Lakas Kampi. Lacierda is just lamenting that his boss made a mistake of supporting the opposition specifically in the senate. Mabait na sobra si Noy kay Binay, Enrile and Erap kasi di siya ginugulo. Mar lost to Binay in VP race was the result of Noy staying almost neutral between the K of his Mom Cory and his BF Mar. With Binay and Mar, PNoy will remain neutral at pag ganito may talo ang LP. For 2016 election Escudero, Lamanares-Poe and Legarda will shift alliance and will go to Binay side.   

  • Observer_din

    UNA, mga corrupt.
    malamamang me financial support din yan galing ke UNANO!!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/I6PP5AA42KYHWKAXUESVEUHO3U Arnel

      Sino bang politko ang hindi corrupt??

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/I6PP5AA42KYHWKAXUESVEUHO3U Arnel

    Bong Revilla for President

    • Observer_din

      kawawang pilipinas.

    • concern_filipino

      Are you f***** serious? There was Estrada. Now elect another idiot for the Presidency? OMG where is your sense of right and wrong?

    • jseesus

      junggoy estrada for president, sotto 4 vice president, para tuluyan na kayong lumubog…

  • opinyonlangpo

    Trapo. Say one thing and do something else.

  • Iya So

    Here’s an idea: why not push Franklin Drilon for president in 2016? I find him more credible, able and believable in that role than Mar could ever be. A tried and tested public servant though aging (he’ll be like 72 come 2016?) but still very able. Was there any major and proven negative issue raised about him e.g. corruption? (Pardon my ignorance if there is.) Not that this is the sole requirement. More than perhaps having charisma which Mar is sorely lacking, it is having the persona or aura if you must, of being someone that everyone from the youth to the elderly, can look up to, someone people can respect. It might sound “mababaw”, but we just might need a figurehead in the literal sense, a leader who, well, looks and acts like a leader. Just a thought.

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