LP-led coalition to draw the line on UNA in May polls battle


Liberal Party acting president and DOTC Secretary Joseph E.A. Abaya said Team Pnoy’s campaign tack of distinguishing itself from UNA would start with its senatorial candidates. LYN RILLON

MANILA, Philippines—The difference will be as clear as “black and white.”

On Day One of the campaign period, President Aquino’s Team Pnoy will draw a line to distinguish its candidates from those of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) and leave no doubts in the minds of the electorate as to which is the better coalition, according to Liberal Party leaders.

It will also be up to the common candidates of both Team Pnoy and UNA—Senators Loren Legarda and Francis Escudero, and former censors chief Grace Poe-Llamanzares—to follow this tack.

“This campaign is a marketing exercise where you sell a product. We’re selling our own brand of governance under President Aquino. We will try to make the distinction to the fullest extent so the choices will be very clear to the people,” said Transportation Secretary Joseph E.A. Abaya in a phone interview.

“We want to make it clear as black and white, and avoid areas of confusion. It will be clearer to the people if the color is black and white,” said Abaya, acting president of the ruling Liberal Party, which leads the Team Pnoy coalition.

Abaya earlier said a distinction would be made between the administration’s “daang matuwid” (straight path) and the opposition’s “own path.”

By projecting itself as a “constructive opposition,” UNA doesn’t want to distance itself from President Aquino who continues to be popular, and Team Pnoy wants this ruse exposed during the campaign period which starts Feb. 12, the LP officials say.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, LP vice president for policy and platform, challenged UNA to define itself vis à vis the administration.

“The very first question they should answer is: Are they opposition or not? If they are, what are they opposing in this administration, and what is their alternative?” Abad said in a text message.

Abad said the administration stood for good governance, poverty reduction and economic growth, the theme that Team Pnoy would harp on during the campaign.

“If you look at the national budget, those are not just words but are clearly translated into our budget priorities. Thus, the message, ‘kung walang corrupt walang mahirap (if there is no corruption there would be no poor).’ What does UNA have to say about that? As I said the burden of defining themselves rests with UNA,” he said.

Abaya said Team Pnoy’s campaign tack of distinguishing itself from UNA would start with its senatorial candidates.

“We will distinguish our 12 from theirs,” he said. “It’s up to the three to follow the same track. We won’t impose on them,” he added of Legarda, Escudero and Poe.

The three are also running with UNA.

Early on, Team PNoy had cautioned the common candidates against joining UNA’s campaign rallies.

Abaya, however, said Team PNoy would not resort to mudslinging.

“The LP never got into mudslinging. It will be a clean and fair fight. The LP is not known for under-the-belt tactics. The campaign will be issues based,” he said.

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  • kilabot

    what line? fishing line maybe. 
    with noykapon and peping, lp and una are best friends forever. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/U2JZXX7NSJZFI37NPX7U3CTZCE Albino

    It really would be great if the LP’s Team PNoy can take the lead and start defining its platform of government.

    Jojo Binay takes pride in saying that he, Erap, and Enrile’s (before the pamasko bonus and Gigi scandal) popularity generate UNA’s powerhouse. I hope Binay presents his platform of government and not just depend on name recall for his candidates. That would give the voters a chance to choose who would make better senators.

    I’m sure hindi uurong si Jojo Binay sa challenge ni Sec. Abaya!

  • Verchez

    Team Pnoy vs UNA. Gandang labanan ito!

    Team Pnoy- Ted Angara, Bam Aquino, Alan Cayetano,  Risa Hontiveros, Jamby Madrigal, Ramon Magsaysay, Aquilino Pimentel, Antonio Trillanes, Cynthia Villar,  guest—Francis Escudero, Loren Legarda, Grace Poe.

    UNA- Nancy Binay, Tingting Cojuangco, JV Ejercito, Jack Enrile, Richard Gordon, Gregorio Honasan, Ernesto Maceda, Mitos Magsaysay, Juan Miguel Zubiri…guest—Francis Escudero, Loren Legarda, Grace Poe.

  • Verchez

    Ito ang magandang combination

    1.Ted Angara
    2. Bam Aquino
    3. Alan Cayetano
    4. Risa Hontiveros
    5. Ramon Magsaysay
    6. Aquilino Pimentel
    7. Francis Escudero
    8. Loren Legarda
    9. Teodoro Casino
    10. Richard Gordon
    11. Gregorio Honasan
    12. Eddie Villanueva

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UQXLAHQCCIEO3WMCTNZSWIE3AI Lagotka

      Pwede na rin!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4WU36RRYPXIRR3NZ5DLIYBFY3E Eljay


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4WU36RRYPXIRR3NZ5DLIYBFY3E Eljay


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

    Come on folks, Escudero and Legarda will stick it out with LP as they are sure winners anyhow. It’s only Grace Poe who is entertaining thoughts of joining some of United Nakaw Alliance or UNA sorties and rallies because she is not getting good results in the initial surveys. But I don’t think Grace Poe wants to incur the ire of PNoy. So after this hulabaloo, expect the three common candidates to stick it out with LP.

  • Sugbuanon86

    “This campaign is a marketing exercise where you sell a product.”—Abaya.

    Kaya nga laking pagsisisi ng mga voters.

    Defective pala itong si Mongoloid. Hindi pala pumasa sa quality check.

    Yung Daang Matuwid niya, defective din. Exempted ang mga crony niya sa KKK at LP.

    Paano yan ngayon, eh hindi na namin maisasauli si Mongol.  No return no exchange.

    Kaya ngayong darating na eleksyon, hinding hindi na magpapaloko ang mga botante.

    Hindi na kami boboto sa mga defective na kandidato ninyo sa LP, kahit anong marketing strategy pa ninyo.

    Nakalusot ang sira ulong anak ni Cory dahil sa hinayupak na marketing strategy na yan.

    Once is enough.

    • epros

      Ikaw yata Sir eh ha ha ha

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UQXLAHQCCIEO3WMCTNZSWIE3AI Lagotka

      sugbuanon86 ang bilis mo naman mag “likes”. Take it easy! Kakapost mo lang sunod-sunod kaagad ang “likes” mo sa sarili mo. Hindi ka ba nahihiya alam na ng ibang bloggers ang pagmamahal mo sa sarili mo. Or do you get commission from Gloria for every one “like” that you receive?

      Poor you!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/RRS2ZMUIBDUCQ5Z3L5CITMRE6Y Precy

        Nag hahanap buhay si Sugbuanon 86 pagbigyan ninyo na siya.

      • Maitum

        wala bang “dislike”? kanina pa hanap ko…

    • akongednamzug

      Yung daang matuwid, sabi mo ay defective din. Sa aking pagkakaalam, yung daang matuwid ay hindi makikita o mararamdaman ng taong walang tuwid na isip.

    • Padre Damaso

      Sir or Mam, mawalang galang na po, mag0-off topic lang ako.

      Why do you and people like you loves disrespecting Presidents, calling them names like – mongoloid, pandak, and sira-ulo etc? Who gave you the right to disrespect our Presidents. These Presidents were elected by the majority of the Filipinos, Ikaw lang ba ang bumoboto kapag Presidential elections?

      Im sure if you are the President of this country you will not be able to handle this any better. You will choke out of pressure. You will be an epic fail.

  • No_U_Turn

    Medyo ta-as konti nu-o ko as a Filipino ngayon kasi Phil’s economy is good. If u pick the wrong leaders, oh well, back to heads down. Six years of ur precious lives kababayan. “If u can turn back time” – but u can’t. Take ur risk on the lesser evil. Vote for the younger ones. Our old guards at UNA had so many years to prove their worth. Pero nada as in nothing. Only their pockets grew richer. Don’t rely on Binay, Enrile, Estrada promises because it will always end up in promises. Yong mga younger ones will try to prove their worth. Explain it to ur non- netizens relatives.

  • ManongOsang

    Pilipinas GISING NA !  As the Jewish saying goes, ” NEVER AGAIN” !

    Huwag na Huwag na po tayong Bumalik sa ” SAME OLD POLITICS” that made the Philippines a POOR, 3rd World Nation. Dahil sa last 50 Years na Puro NAKAWAN, GRAFT & CORRUPTION, PAULIT ULIT na pagboto sa mga MANDARAMBONG, sa Paulit Ulit na pag Boto sa mga Politiko dahil sa Personality, Smile, Name Recognition, drama & movies- TAMA NA !!!!

    Kung sawa at galit na galit na kayo sa buhay mahirap, bansang mahirap- THEN, WAKE UP!

    10 MILLION kababayan ninyo ang NASA Labas ng BANSA,- Nanay ninyo, Tatay ninyo, Tiyo, Tiya, Lolo, Lola, Pinsan, Kaibigan, best friend, kapit bahay, kaklase ang NAGPAPAKAHIRAP, NAGPAPA-ALIPIN, NAGPAPA-ABUSO dahil sa pagiging OFW para lang MAPAKAIN at mabigyan ng Magandang KINABUKASAN ang pamilya!!!

    10 Million OFW’s & 100,000 every year ang dumadagdag !!! LIBO LIBONG Pamilya ang NASIRA at LIBO LIBONG mag-asawa ang NAGKAHIWALAY !!!!

    IYAN ang RESULTA ng 50 years of CORRUPTION, MISMANAGEMENT & ABUSE ng mga Politikong binoboto ninyo.

    Mag TAPATAN na tayo!  Si Pnoy, Mar, ang namatay na si Jesse Robdredo at ang karamihang nga kanilang mga Kaalyado ang HINDI PERPEKTO! They are Far from Perfect! After all, they are also Products of our Rotten, Bulok na system of Government, our Rotten Culture of Corruption, Nepotism, Abuse, & Palakasan, ang our One of the Worse Justice System in the world.

    But LETS MAKE IT CLEAR !!!  PNOY is the BEST THING that has ever happened to the Philippines in a VERY LONG TIME!!!!  Other than the DOWNFALL of Marcos in 1986, ITO na po ang 2nd Chance ng ating Bayan!!!

    In 3 years, either balik GMA, Marcos, at Erap nanaman ang STYLE ng Pilipinas or FINALLY we move Forward with another 6 years of PNOY like Leadership!!!

    Honestly, PNOY reminds me so much of  Ex-US President Bill Clinton during Clinton’s 8 years of Economic success for America.

    AYAW Natin MAGISING sa 2016 na may President Binay, VP Jinggoy

    Senators Jackie, Enrile, Nancy Binay, JV Estrada, Lito Lapid, Bong Revilla… TAMA NA PO!!!!

    We wasted 20 years of Marcos, 12 years of Erap & GMA!!! … Ang KAWAWA- Pilipinas at Taong bayan !!! 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/RRS2ZMUIBDUCQ5Z3L5CITMRE6Y Precy

      Agreed! Itigil na ang lumang politika!

      Si Jojo Binay at ang pamilya niya ang naghahari-harian sa Makati. Si Erap na patunayang isang plunderer at jueteng lord kaya na kickout bilang pangulo,  mga anak, at babae niya mga hari at reyna sa San Juan, si Enrile hari ng martial law at ng Cagayan. Iyan ang tinatawag na 3 kings ng UNA – tatlong hari ng corrruption! Itigil sila. Itigil ang pagboto sa mga anak nila bilang senador.

      Tama, magising na tayo, bayan, at ibalita sa lahat na ayaw na natin ng corruption at katarantaduhan sa gobyerno!

      • Maitum


    • Paulita Cariño

       you nailed it again m osang keep on posting to inform  voters whom to vote

    • im_not_convinced

       his current allies were the same allies of Erap and Gloria during their times. how can you say LP is not made up of trapos and the corrupt if the line ups are all just the same? even the LP spokesman is a former ally of whoever was in power then?

  • Garibaldi_II

    Mr. Abaya has better chances of winning the presidential election in 2016 than Mr. Roxas or Mr. Binay. As for the current senatorial candidates, I rather choose those who make fewer promises than those with greater misdeeds.

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

    As clear as “black and white”.
    Who’s the black guy?

    • jgl414567

      Binay is black…his conscience is as black as his skin and his character as dark as his graft and corrupt cases. This is not intended to denigrate morenos or negroes because many of them are wonderful and talented people.

  • virgoyap

    Kung ang LP ay ang Daang Matuwid anong partido ang Daang Balukot?

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

      Totoo ba naman ang Daang Matuwid? 

      But I agree with Abaya, a clear line should be drawn between LP and UNA at wag nang magpa CUTE si Nognog, Enrile, Erap and their UNA at MAGPAKA-TOTOO NA. 

      And the 3 POLITICAL BUTTERFLIES named Escudero, Legarda and Poe ay wag nang MAMANGKA SA DALAWANG ILOG….

      • virgoyap

        Tama ka diyan…

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

      Daang matuwid – sa maling direksyon. Di baleng baluktot ang daan, makapupunta naman sa tamang parooonan.

      • virgoyap

        He he he alvin, you’re just joking…

  • darnah

    For the guest candidates, mas maganda naman na sumali nalang sa LP coz sa magandang reputation ni pNoy.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MJMTHI7RDGWT6O66R5ID5HUMAI Anthony

      Uhmm..true, medyo mas maganda tingin ng tao sa LP pa din e. But ayun nga, tignan natin individual performance pa din just to be sure.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MJMTHI7RDGWT6O66R5ID5HUMAI Anthony

    Kahit anong party naman, ok lang, tinitignan pa din ng tao ay yung individual na performance.   Vote wisely everyone.

  • m1ghtym0use


  • tanyaaaa

    independent man or anong party nakapili nako ng iboboto ko. 


    la nako pake sa parties :))

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

      all members of philippine political dynasties?


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