‘Team PNoy’, UNA in tug of war for common candidates


MANILA, Philippines – Can the three candidates common to the senatorial tickets of “Team PNoy” and the United Nationalist Alliance show up at two proclamation rallies some 570 kilometers apart?

That appears to be the predicament confronting Senators Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero, and Grace Poe-Llamazares, who are all running on the each of the two competing senatorial tickets in the May elections.

The problem is Team PNoy will hold its proclamation rally in Manila, while UNA will kick off its own campaign in Cebu on the same day, February 12, the official start of the campaign period.

The venues are exactly 571.96 kilometers apart, a distance that would be too much to cover for the three common senatorial candidates on the same day, Navotas Representative Tobias Tiangco, UNA campaign manager, admitted.

“We’re not saying that they should only join us,” he said in Filipino in an interview Friday night. “But I don’t know how they would do it—fly from Manila to Cebu or from Cebu to Manila. That would be the problem.”

Tiangco said he had written Escudero, Legarda, and Llamanzares separately to formally invite them to the UNA proclamation rally in Cebu, a site personally picked by Vice President Jejomar Binay.

He said he would meet with each of the three candidates by next week to convince them to go. He said Escudero had agreed to meet up, while Legarda told him to get in touch with her secretary.

“I really want to talk to them because I want to appeal for equal treatment,” Tiangco said.

“Equal treatment,” he said, meant that the three common candidates would campaign with both UNA and Team PNoy. How they would do it would depend on the schedule of both tickets, he said.

“They didn’t become common candidates without us talking to them. There was an agreement and the agreement was equal treatment. That’s what we are asking for,” he said.

But unlike UNA, Team PNoy is not willing to share the trio.

Earlier this week, House Deputy Speaker Erin Tañada, spokesperson of President Aquino’s Liberal Party, slammed the door on the possibility of the three common bets climbing the campaign stage of UNA or appearing on its campaign ads.

“Wala eh,” Tañada told the Philippine Daily Inquirer when asked what was left for the three candidates to do with UNA. At most, he said, they could have their names appear on UNA’s campaign materials.

“Yes, and I think that was made clear before the President came out with the official list. In their talk with the President, it was clear,” he added.

Marikina Representative Miro Quimbo, another LP member, refused to call the “agreement” a ban and phrased it differently.

“It’s not a matter of someone being prevented [to campaign with UNA] or not,” he said in a previous press briefing. “But we do know that we have been informed that there was a specific agreement among adults, among mature political leaders, that we need to be consistent on the message—the message of ‘tuwid na daan.’”

Tiangco maintained that the three common candidates were more identified with UNA than with the administration.

Llamanzares is the daughter of the late Fernando Poe Jr., whose running-mate in the 2004 presidential election was Legarda. Poe’s campaign manager then was Binay while his campaign spokesperson was Escudero.

“Paano mo sasabihin na yung puso nung tatlo nasa kabila?” Tiangco asked.

In jest, he said the term “liberal” did not fit the attitude of the administration about sharing the common candidates.

“The name of their party is a misnomer. If you’re a Liberal, you’re supposed to be liberal-minded. But how come you are very strict about your candidates?” he said.

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

    Pinagtatalunan ninyo yung tatlo eh talo naman yan sa darating na election!

  • regd

    Solution: use fokker plane to transit both ends! 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AE4KDFT5DTC52BFRUASNIV7HBU jerico

    parang sabong din yan..either tumaya ka sa pula o sa puti…parang sinabi mo na rin na tataya ka sa mananalo..segurista..ano ka siniswerte.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AIYSIJJOL4JNRLHXVTGUH3NYHM The Overlord

    Just don’t vote for trapos like murderer Enrile, corrupt Estrada, communist Trillanes, lame-duck Madrigal, “walang alam” Binay, “walang ring alam” Conjuangco, bum Aquino, and around 80% of the mongrels of UNA, and some of the rotten apples of LP.

  • Sugbuanon86

    Una sa balota.

    “Bum”  Aquino.

    Ibalik uli ang pamilya mongoloid sa senado!

    • sakinlang

      Kandidato ka rin ba? Ang dami na ninyo, ha!

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    Suggested Solution:

    1. Grace Poe-Llamazares stays in Manila with Team PNoy’s proclamation rally.

    2.  Sen. Loren Legarda does not join either and proclaims herself in Romblon, which is about halfway between Manila and Cebu.

    3.  Sen. Francis Escudero attends UNA’s proclamation rally in Cebu, stays there for about an hour, leaves, and then charters a Piper Seneca to Manila. Enrile and Binay can go with him if they want to be back in Manila earlier.
    – – – – – – – -

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UOZM4PWIDKO7G64HL3PPMXUTM Constantine

      And hoping that the Piper Seneca will also land in Masbate? He he he! Solve and problema ng Pinas. Wala na ang leaders ng United Nakaw Alliance or UNA!

  • Sugbuanon86

    To: mad_as_hamlet

    Out of touch ka yata from reality.

    Kung ano ano na lang lumalabas sa utak mo.

    Which is not new naman.

    But okay lang yan.

    Even lunatics like you are entitled to their own opinion.

    • mad_as_Hamlet

      No probs, Sugbuanon86.  You can be the co-pilot of the Piper Seneca if you want. 
      I’m sure geniuses like you know how to fly a plane!
      And know how to swim.
      – – – – – – – -

      • Sugbuanon86

        I am not claiming to be a genius, you mor0n.

        I am just bringing to your attention how disturbing your comments are.

        Para kang baliw.

        Pati suggestions mo about the common candidates issue, out of this world.

        Don’t take it personally.

        Someone has to tell you the real score, bro.

      • mad_as_Hamlet

        Noted.   Including your being disturbed by my comments.
        And yes, you guessed right.  I’m a “bro”.
        Don’t take it personally, too.  Despite the real score, sis.

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    ito ang tinatawag na mapagsamantala…

  • CarlosAcantillado

    I like Loren Legarda, im sure if she won mas marami pa syang matutulungang tao.she already proven herself, nandyan nung oras na may mga nasalantan ng bagyo at patuloy syang nagreresearch ng pwede nating gawin para makaiwas sa epekto ng climate change. kaya gusto ko si sen loren at iboboto ko sya kahit saang partidoo man sya mapunta.

    • KateDulce

      yeah i couldnt agree more, i actually like what she does for our country, im gonna vote for loren legarda ;)

    • RobertVelez

      totoo yan, mahal namin si sen loren legarda!

  • DanielMarquez

    Mapagpahalag si loren legarda sa kalikasan natin at sya ang nanguna sa pagtatanggol sa mga karagatan natin na minsang nabahiran at nadumihan ito ng mga amerikano. ganyang senadora ang kailangan ng ating bansa.

  • RachelleDomingo

    Si senator Loren Legarda ang nagtanggol sa mga kababaihan at kabataan ng ating bansa, minsan din syang bumista sa probinsya namin sa palawan at buong puso nyang sinuportahan ang yamang pawikan namin! gusto ko si loren!

  • catalansbarce

    Vote straight Team Pinoy para sa ikakaunlad ng Sambayanang Filipino.

  • Atagalong

    Why are you always being snookered by same old, same old politicians? The Pinoys living outsde of Luzon should start to think about parity in representation. All of the common candidates are from Luzon, (Metro Manila for the two), and the rest of the UNA and senatorial lineup are also (guess what?) – from Luzon. End the political dynasties!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RDGAGWI2XYZQJ3ZNDMZLSPFQ5M Bentong

    another cunningly evil crusading fellow on the loose. Cut your tongue out sir and eat urself out. 

  • delia kelly

    liberal Party should drop the three Balimbing candidates specially Escudero.It is very obvious Escudero wants Binay and company because they are alike corrupt. Grace Poe is getting to be like Escudero her mentor. Before she was saying that she will only join the LP but now she said she will join JV Ejercito and NAncy Binay.In a very short time she is showing that she cannot be trusted

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4RLENCX7D5QB7BPFJFBENEPZNE rage b.

    yes to cayetano no to legarda probably yes to poe.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PQPOCGSITYMSD2UTYIN4TJP56U Rene

    ano ang pinapuputok ng butse ni tianko, di ba nagbanta na sila na kung hindi sasama sa kanila yung tatlo ay idrodrop nila, tapos ngayon humihingi ng equal treatment, pagkatapos magyabang nagsusumamo naman ngayon…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UOZM4PWIDKO7G64HL3PPMXUTM Constantine

      Tiangco is smoking something, ssssssssshhhhh!

  • Sugbuanon86

    PNOY is a piece of  s h i  t…

    Voters should stay away from candidates this garbage endorses.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/PQPOCGSITYMSD2UTYIN4TJP56U Rene

       bakit lima lang ang likes mo, itodo mo na kaagad, halata namang ikaw lang din yan eh…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UOZM4PWIDKO7G64HL3PPMXUTM Constantine

      People will stay away from the candidates of United Nakaw Alliance or UNA! For sure!

    • scorpio15

      Sugbuanon86 is a real piece of s h i t…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/C2F4EHM4EWQLOOW3OST3DQAVXY Martina

      you’re simply jealous! PNOY and his endorsed candidates are winning. Ayaw na nating bumalik sa hindi tuwid (maraming corruptions) na daan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UOZM4PWIDKO7G64HL3PPMXUTM Constantine

    This Tiangco is really desperate. What party or coalition did Legarda, Escudero and Poe attend during the proclamation rally? The trio attended the LP coalition proclamation rally and not the United Nakaw Alliance or UNA. That’s as clear as a day! Is there any doubt where the three will be on February 12? This Tiangco is losing his mind! Or maybe he is smoking something! Pity Tiangco! 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/55XNXOYBNF6BG3EWOM5V4YMWXM Pedro

    Ito rin  yung Tiangco na explosive witness daw para mapawalang sala si Corona noong impeachment trial. HWAG NATING KALILIMUTAN  ANG PANGALAN NYAN. .  Kontra talaga itong UNA  sa tuwid na daan ni President Noynoy. . .

    • jhobitz

      Kailan ba naging matuwid ang daan sa kasalukuyang administrasyon? Hanggang sa salita lang yon ang matuwid pero sa gawa walang matuwid..lol

      • akongednamzug

        Makikita mo ang tuwid na daan, pag tuwid na pag-iisip mo ! ! !

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IGLQQ2TTZF3BAWUHUWLFWVPZDE Vladymir

    sugbuanon bahog tiil

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

    Itong si Tiangco noong Corona impeachment trial ay ginagaya niya ang hairdo ng kabataan. At hanggang ngayon pala hindi niya matanggap na gurang na siya at ganon pa rin siyang magsuklay ng buhok, feeling siguro niya ay bata pa siya… Parang wala sa wisyo ang taong ito… Siya ang magiging dahilan ng ikakatalo ng mga kandidato ng UNA. Sabagay yung tatlong founder ng UNA na sina Binay, Erap at Lolong Johnny talagang walang itulak kabigin sa kanila puro kasi trapo at gustong magtayo ng political dynasty… Sana naman ay matuto na ang mga botante at huwag masilaw sa pera at de lata…

  • opinyonlangpo

    Candidates who can not make a stand are dangerous and can not be trusted. It what people call double faced or in spanish doble cara. These people will only care to save their skin whenever a choice has to be made.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NK45FSERDNP42R527PYPDWM6FA Cebuanodiay

    All candidates endorsed by Gwen and the Garcia clan we will not vote in Cebu.

  • QritiQ

    It’s hilarious to even think that major political parties are begging to the common candidates. Are we already short of competent choices?  As a critic, i feel that i have to study the competencies of a handful of independents. 

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