UNA to 3 common candidates: Don’t leave us hanging

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MANILA, Philippines—In campaigns—like in love—there’s no substitute for the real thing.

The three common candidates of the two ruling political groups would no longer be allowed to send proxies to the coming campaign sorties of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), according to its campaign manager Toby Tiangco.

Tiangco said the three should decide once and for all if they would appear in UNA’s events or just decide to exclusively go with the Liberal Party (LP) coalition.

The common bets—Grace Poe-Llamanzares and senators Francis Escudero and Loren Legarda—could not keep on having the best of both worlds, Tiangco said.

Vice President Jejomar Binay earlier said that if the common candidates would keep on ignoring UNA’s sorties, they are likely to be dropped from the coalition’s roster.

All three were absent from UNA’s proclamation rally, but Legarda was allowed to send her father, Antonio, as proxy while Llamanzares sent her son Brian and cousin Sheryl Cruz. Escudero sent no one.

According to Tiangco, he does not want the three candidates, who have accepted the UNA’s decision to adopt them, to treat the party as second fiddle.

If the candidates would not appear in the next sorties, he said UNA won’t put up their posters. There would be no proxies either, especially if the UNA event would not even coincide with an LP rally.

But he added that his decision could still be overturned by the UNA’s three bigwigs—Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and former President Joseph Estrada.

Tiangco also said in a separate statement on Thursday that the common candidates should not keep the UNA guessing and should make a firm commitment to attend its events.

“If we are not important to them, then they should say so and not leave us hanging,” he said.

The candidates must treat equally the two parties it agreed to join, he said.

“They should not have the best of both worlds. It’s unfair to us especially our solid UNA candidates who are campaigning hard in the provinces,” he said.

“The nine other candidates of UNA are laboring under the hot sun to reach out to the people,” Tiangco added.

Tiangco also said that in the case of Escudero, the latter should have known that it would be proper to send a representative to the UNA proclamation rally.

It was an apparent response to Escudero’s statement that he was unaware he could have sent a proxy to the UNA proclamation rally.

“Basic etiquette, respect and courtesy dictate that if you cannot make it to an important event where you are expected to attend, you should send a proxy. The one who invited you need not request for a proxy,” Tiangco said.

He said Escudero could have sent his mother, who is running as Sorsogon representative.

“If Loren can send her 80-year-old father, why can’t Chiz send his mother?” he asked.

Escudero earlier offered to send a video message to the UNA event, but Tiangco rejected this, saying he did not think the idea gave enough respect to the party given the concessions it extended to the common candidates.

One of the concessions was an offer to move the time of the group’s proclamation rally in Cebu to allow them to attend both the LP and UNA events. But the three did not agree, saying they may not have enough time to fly to Cebu.

Tiangco also said that Llamanzares and Legarda, who met with UNA leaders before the proclamation rally, had committed to attend the group’s future events.

“But their recent statements and actions have left UNA no recourse but to ask them to make a public commitment to join UNA events,” he said.

He disclosed that UNA’s announcement of Legarda’s inclusion in its slate was made at a specific date and time upon her request, to follow the advice of her feng shui adviser.

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  • Guest

    UNA’s drama as scorned lover is getting cornier and cornier. Try to be more creative.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MJW2CHZBIO7YZ6MK3KVALX4VM4 Jhonny

    UNA is now pleading to their 3 guest candidates, sounds like a desperate move for me. Why? Can’t handle the expenses? There’s a corrupt banker in your group who staged an ambush me scenario decades ago.

  • 33Sambuang2

    these three candidates will be better off without UNA…. This party is so corrupt and consists of traditional politicians who were leeches when GMA was in power. People are now conscious as to who they will vote. How can you vote for a party wherein the three stooges who heads the party are just like common criminals.. womanizers, architect of martial law and one who is ungrateful to the family who gave him the position and enriched himself.  Zubiri………. cheater……..Magsaysay lap dog of GMA………………. Let us give these trapos a lesson by not voting for them.

    • boyod

      what about you, what do you think – a great pretender, hypocrite to be exact!

  • http://www.facebook.com/beng.atibo.3 Beng Atibo

    Now UNA are pleading the common candidates to join them??? Just drop them and see the consequences of your actions!!! You are kept hanging and yet you still hope that the common candidates will join your rallies???

  • 33Sambuang2

    tiangco………….. halikan mo kaya ang pwet nila baka sumama pa sa grupo ng mga kawatan….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DRM3P22KM7UVOQUIO6FOTVLSSI X44

    LP is even better without these 3 either. Dirty hands on the cookie jar too!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DRM3P22KM7UVOQUIO6FOTVLSSI X44

    or Philippines is better w/o them. Old ways. All talks. What’s new?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut

    “GOODBYE I HATE TO SEE YOU GO, BUT HAVE A GOOD TIME.”  SO LONG, FAREWELL.!!!

  • boyod

    they are thorns between two lovers. betting two sides of the coin, one will get loss – walang isang salita, opurtunista! 

  • Taiko_Kauna

    To UNA sycophants – will you kindly expose an issue on corruption linking any of the candidates of LP? It’s unfortunate that the negative factor of which  voters are so sensitive about are all  heaped upon UNA leaders. If the blogs will be the basis for winning, then all is lost with UNA. 

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

      UNA cannot attack LP with any corruption issue while UNA’s three leaders are riddled with graft and corruption issues, convicted plunderer and martial law administrator and Port Irene smuggler. Plus all UNA senatorial candidates and probably with the only exception of Gordon are riddled with corruption issues. UNA is doomed and as days passed, the prediction of Senator Drilon is coming into fruition.

    • herokiller

      Ito na naman tayo sa mudslinging. Hindi na nagbago ang pulitika. Kailangan maglabasan lahat ng baho kapag eleksyon. CIRCUS IN THE PHILIPPINES !! :))

      Read the track records of each and every candidate on both sides. Hindi yung kanino sila affiliated na party. If choosing a candidate because of their affiliation and not because of their track record, that’s a total bullshit. Read Richard Gordon’s track record for you to know that not all UNA candidate is corrupt. READ HIS TRACK RECORD not look on whom he is affiliated.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PN3VRDYP7ZZDTUHWG5R7RJSXWM raul n

         yes gordon mahilig mag pa epal during red cross relief operation. LOL

      • herokiller

        Sorry huh. Hindi pa Mayor or politician si Senator Gordon eh VOLUNTEER na siya sa RED CROSS. 45 years in Red Cross. His mother is also a RED CROSS VOLUNTEER. Sen Gordon, with his efforts, produced ambulances, 2 LARC and medical motorcycles for the Red Cross, and built homes for the homeless.

        Mas epal naman yung kasagsagan ng relief operations eh bitbit mo mga SENATORIABLES “to be” mo sakay pa ng 4×4 truck ng Army. :))

      • cry_freedom

        Nag-le-lecture ka pa lang about mudslinging sa earlier blog mo, eh ngayon, tingnan mong latest blog mo, puno ng mudslinging. Kayo talagang maka-UNA, dala-dalawa ang bibig ninyo!

      • herokiller

        Uso po kasi. Sinimulan nila, ipagpatuloy. LOL. I’m just joking. HMMM. pakibasa po yung comment ko. I’m not maka-UNA but a maka-GORDON. Naintindihan niyo po ba yung sinasabi ko sa nauna kong komento? 

        “Read the track records of each and every candidate on both sides. Hindi yung kanino sila affiliated na party.” I am for a BALANCE SENATE not for a STRAIGHT WIN ticket for LP or for UNA. Yun lang naman po. ^_^

      • pcosmachine

        VOTE TEAM PNOY FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

        VOTE STRAIGHT LP (12-0) FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

      • pcosmachine

        VOTE TEAM PNOY FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

        VOTE STRAIGHT LP (12-0) FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

      • 33Sambuang2

        korek

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

        Sigurado ka ? Kaya pala Shareman ang tawag sa kanya sa SBMA..Hinde maepal ? Yung victim ng landslide sa Kalaklan naiahon na at nasa sasakyan na ipinabalik pa sa landslide site nung dumating si small Dick pinalabas na kasama sya sa nagrescue ..Super kaepalan talaga..Ngayon mga Gordon labu-labo na sa Olongapo pareparehong mga buwaya..

      • herokiller

        Regarding as “Shareman” sa SBMA. It was never proven even in courts. As far as I know regarding Bong Gordon vs Gordon-Delos Reyes sa Olongapo in connection with Sen. Gordon. He is not siding with anybody. 

      • pcosmachine

        VOTE TEAM PNOY FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

        VOTE STRAIGHT LP (12-0) FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

      • pcosmachine

        VOTE TEAM PNOY FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

        VOTE STRAIGHT LP (12-0) FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

  • pcosmachine

    VOTE TEAM PNOY FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

    VOTE STRAIGHT LP (12-0) FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

    • herokiller

      Good governance is about being a puppet of the President if 12-0 win will occur.

      • 33Sambuang2

        i dont think so. he is not the kind of president who has the talents of Erap and Gma……. Who were the puppets May I ask? Di ba yang mga candidates ng Una na dila sa pwet ni Gma………… magkape ka para magising

      • herokiller

        a puppet because uso ang “utang na loob” system sa ating mga Pilipino. If all of them will win, it is because of the strong endorsement of the President. so kapag may sinusulong si PNoy na batas na hindi maganda sa tingin ng ibang tao, on my opinion ,”JUST AN OPINION AND I AM ENTITLED WITH IT”, hindi na babatikusin ng mga senador na ito yung measure na iyon.

        let’s have a balance senate who will oppose on some measures. yun lang naman ang punto ko.

      • pcosmachine

        VOTE TEAM PNOY FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

        VOTE STRAIGHT LP (12-0) FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

      • herokiller

        SPAMMER ALERT ^_^

      • pcosmachine

        VOTE TEAM PNOY FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

        VOTE STRAIGHT LP (12-0) FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

      • pcosmachine

        VOTE TEAM PNOY FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

        VOTE STRAIGHT LP (12-0) FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

  • Labandera1

    To Chiz Escudero, Loren Legarda and Grace Poe:: Stay away from the sinking ship of UNA.  Itabi ang UNA at e-rampa ang Liberal Party sa tuwid na daan.

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

    Ha ha ha, the troubled cheats didn’t know what hit them. They cannot threatened Legarda, Escudero and Poe since the three knew that UNA party is headed by 3 corrupt, plunderer and martial law administrator/smuggler leaders. Who would like to be identified with United Nakaw Alliance? The three knew that only fools and cheats will vote for UNA candidates.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    UNA should not be left hanging.

    It should be given a decent burial.  After an autopsy is done and the official death certificate is issued.

    • cry_freedom

      Maybe a ‘state funeral’?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YAU43R25CAHGNYPHE6HLAM3V6Y Benjamin

      Isama na lang sa libingan ni lolong…

  • brunogiordano

    “UNA to 3 common candidates: Don’t leave us hanging”

    Nakakahiya kayo kung magmakaawa sa TATLO.

    Obvious at halata na mababaw ang inyong bench.

    Sino pa ang boboto sa inyo ngayon nabisto na na iyakin pala kayo.

    Wawa naman. Tahan na.

  • 33Sambuang2

    supot

  • 33Sambuang2

    pisot

  • 33Sambuang2

    pisot

  • iCarLes

    Makibaka! Ibagsak ang UNA!
    Makibaka! Sunugin ang UNA!
    (oops sunug na pala yong isang lider nila!)
    Makibaka! Ibagsak ang Martial Law administraror ng UNA!!

  • ApoLapullapu

    This idea of common candidates is defective right from the beginning.  They should not have thought about it at all. Naturally, the three will choose to be in the Administration Party because they can use government resources during the campaign!

    • herokiller

      The idea of MULTI PARTY SYSTEM is not good for the Philippines. Dapat TWO-PARTY SYSTEM lang. ^_^

      • pcosmachine

        VOTE TEAM PNOY FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

        VOTE STRAIGHT LP (12-0) FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

      • herokiller

        SPAMMER ALERT ^_^

      • pcosmachine

        VOTE TEAM PNOY FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

        VOTE STRAIGHT LP (12-0) FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

        EAT SPAM LUNCHEON MEAT AND THEN VOTE FOR TEAM PNOY AND STRAIGHT LP (12-0) FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

      • herokiller

        Irrelevant comment. tsk. tsk. Pakawala ka siguro. :)

      • pcosmachine

        VOTE TEAM PNOY FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

        VOTE STRAIGHT LP (12-0) FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

        EAT SPAM LUNCHEON MEAT AND THEN VOTE FOR TEAM PNOY AND STRAIGHT LP (12-0) FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

      • ApoLapullapu

        As long as we have a Presidential form of government, a multi-party system will not work.

      • herokiller

        That is so true. Pwede na siguro ang Cha-Cha under the helm of President Aquino na super less tainted unlike Pres. Arroyo.

      • pcosmachine

        VOTE TEAM PNOY FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

        VOTE STRAIGHT LP (12-0) FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

  • concern_netizen

    Yan ang hirap sa daang maganda.  When team Pnoy extended the invitation to the three senators, they were firm in stating that either they are 100% committed or none at all.  Yan and MATUWID.  No gray area.  No pretensions.

    On the other hand, UNA was willing to accommodate the guest candidates to make their line up MAGANDA.  Obviously the objective is to make it appear in the surveys they have the winning number.  Yan ang mahirap.  UNA was expecting Legarda, Poe, and Escudero to take the DAANG PALIKO-LIKO, and now upset that these candidates decided to adhere to DAANG MATUWID. 

    Reminds me of the the traffic cop who was so courteous negotiating for ‘lagay’ yet turned sour when I insisted he issue me a violation ticket.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/WC5IJSKXTZLNM3AV3VGPMM4O7Y ero

    UNA IS FAMILY AFFAIR THICK FACES THERE. SHAME SHAME

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VUT4YW36QJREEGOBH5IYKNQMKI Kokak

    Labo talaga ng UNA. Hanggang ngayon ba hindi nila matanggap na hindi sila ang totoong love nina Loren, Chiz at Poe? Hanggang ngayon ba hindi nila matanggap na kabit lang sila? At sila pa ang seloso ha. Matuwa na kayo at hindi kayo itinatakwil nung tatlo.

    Sa totoo lang pag dumalo sa rally ng UNA sina chiz, loren at poe lalong hindi ko sila iboboto. DAHIL AYOKONG magkaron tayo ng senador na may utang na loob kina Erap, Binay at Enrile.
    .

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/WC5IJSKXTZLNM3AV3VGPMM4O7Y ero

    ANG UNA CANDIDATES AY WALANG CREDIBILITY SI HONASAN SANA PERO HE CAN’T STAND HIS PRINCIPLES PARANG SUNOD SUNORAN LANG NO JPE.  

  • Labandera1

    Isang babalikan(Liberal Party) Isang iiwanan(UNA)

  • herokiller

    SPAMMER ALERT ^_^

    • pcosmachine

      VOTE TEAM PNOY FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

      VOTE STRAIGHT LP (12-0) FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    Help! Don’t leave us hanging.

  • Labandera1

    UNA kay rami ng perang kinurakot
    UNA kay rami ng taong niloloko
    UNA kay rami ng taong bogbog sarado
    UNA kay rami ng taong biglang naglaho
    UNA kay rami ng babaeng naging kirida
    UNA kay rami ng babaeng biglang na byuda
    UNA kay rami ng batang biglang naulila
    UNA kay rami ng winasak na tahanan
    OH UNA layuan mo ako………………….oh oh oh hinayupak kang UNA ka

  • iCarLes

    Obama – First American Black President!
    O’Binay- Future First Filipino Black President -2016!!
    Yellow Ribbon will be changed to Black Ribbon!
    Also, get ready to wear black shirt & pants
    Because we will be mourning Philippines
    For the next six years (2016 to 2022)
    If O’Binay wins!!
    (Lord have mercy!)

  • neilabarca

    PERSONALAN na ang NANGINGIBABAW.  Patunay na ang 2013 election ay PERSONALITY ORIENTED,  TRAPO at PADRI-PADRINO (patronage politics). 

    Malinaw na sa marami na KUNG WALANG GENUINE POLITICAL PARTY SYSTEM ang sistema ng halalan sa Pilipinas,  palaging GANITO ang iiral na uri o kalidad ng kampanyahan sa ating halalan.   BULUK….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VUT4YW36QJREEGOBH5IYKNQMKI Kokak

    Guys, despite differences in opinion it is a very enlightening moment posting our intelligent(?) thoughts about the coming election here in Inquirer. Thanks to Inquirer and to all of us.

    But let’s face it, what percentage of Filipino voters have the luxury of access to the internet? And for those who have, how many are concerned enough to look at the news and opinions instead of browsing porns and facebook? In fact I am yet to see a friend, officemate, or a relative who regularly use internet for news, not to mention serious news.

    Anyway, what brought me to post this one is my concern that we barely make a dent on this election. I sincerely hope we could. This is the age of information tech, let us be heard and show to the world that the Filipino voters cannot be fooled anymore. The power of shared ideas is much mightier that guns, gold and goons combined.

    Im here to lay my card and give my direct take on how we should choose the senatorial candidate. First off, some of my rules:

    I WILL NOT VOTE FOR CANDIDATES BEING ENDORSED BY A CONVICTED PLUNDERER
    – Yes, that precisely means i will not vote for any UNA candidate, or even for any UNA-adopted candidate who will attend their rally. I dont want a senator who would be owing a debt of gratitude to a convicted plunderer.

    I WILL NOT TOLERATE POLITICAL DYNASTY.
    – Yes, Bam Aquino is also out. Not that i think he is not good, truth is i dont know, but this is clearly one candidate who capitalizes on his surname and a patron-namesake in power, wala na sanang ganyanan. What about Cayetano, Pimentel, Angara and Villar? The Cayetano and Pimentel issues are easy. They no longer capitalize on the surname having proven they can stand on their own, besides their namesake-patron no longer holds power as to really create a threatening dynasty. But for Angara and Vilar: these two make me think twice but I think i would have to break this second rule on anti-dynasty if only to shut the door to candidates backed by convicted plunderer (Rule 1).

    But no compromise against Bam, for me he is out. I’ll choose a Casino instead of another Aquino. Yes Ted is red, but im not worrying that he will be able to turn this whole democratic society upside down; and he’s good enough to create another dimension and spice to senate debate by having an articulate idealist oppositionist in their midst.

    There you go. This simply is my voting guide and initial attempt to put names and faces to those criteria. Im sure even if we share the same conviction you guys will be coming out with a different set of candidates. That’s fine.

    I just simply dont want to put to waste the power that lies in my fingertips. And so with you. Spread the word not just here in Inquirer comment section but everywhere else. A lot of our countrymen needed awareness and information, not to mention moral direction. Lets use your facebook, emails, blogs, etc. Let our fingers do the campaigning. Its one of the least-risk high-reward task we can do for our country. This election is not a showcase of the kind of political struggle this country has but a reflection of the the quality of us as voters and citizens.

    .

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

      NPA SALOT NG BAYAN…CASIÑONG COMUNISTA ESPIYA NG CHINA..ITONG TAONG ITO ANG DAPAT SUNUGIN ..NASADSAD ANG BARKO NG US NAVY SA TUBBATAHA ACCIDENTALLY AGAD NAGWAWALA SI CASINONG COMUNISTA..PERO YUNG GINAGAWANG PANGBUBULLY NG MGA TSEKWA SA PILIPINAS NGITING ASO SI CASINONG COMUNISTA…HABA PA NG LITANYA MO KORAKOTKOKAK..IBASURA SI COMUNISTANG CASINO  !!!!!!!!

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