Escudero, Poe heave sigh of relief after UNA junking

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ILOILO CITY—Re-electionist Sen. Francis Escudero and Grace Poe, erstwhile common candidates of the administration Team PNoy and the opposition United Nationalist Alliance, on Thursday heaved a sigh of relief after UNA decided to junk them from its lineup.

“Parang nabunutan ako ng tinik [It’s like a thorn has been pulled from my side],” Poe told reporters who sought her comment on UNA’s move.

“When I learned that there were conditions [for being adopted by UNA], of course, I found myself in a difficult situation,” she added.

Poe indicated that she couldn’t go against President Aquino’s wishes when he says candidates have to be in certain rallies and campaign sorties—presidential preferences that could have meant Poe shunning UNA rallies during the campaign period.

“We have a high respect for the President and he was really the one who invited me,” Poe said.

Poe, nonetheless, said she’s sad that UNA junked her senatorial bid despite the assurances that her Ninong Erap, former President Joseph Estrada, gave her as regards her senatorial campaign.

“My Ninong Erap told me, ‘Grace I can’t withhold support for you because of your father [actor and former presidential candidate Fernando Poe, Jr.].  It’s sad but I guess his hands are tied,” Poe said.

“It hurts, it’s sad but I understand,” she added.

Asked if it was a relief that the issue of common candidates has been put to rest, Escudero said, “Yes, because this election has never been about petty issues of which rally you attend.”

“It was and has always been about platform, issues, principles and one’s genuine desire to serve the people faithfully and with integrity,” Escudero told the Inquirer.

At the Iloilo provincial capitol where Team PNoy candidates held a news conference, Escudero said he’s also sad of UNA’s decision to junk them but added that he respects the coalition’s move.

“Despite our sadness, we respect UNA’s decision as regards the coalition.  It’s clear to me that this is about platforms and issues, and the objectives of each candidate on what he or she would do in the Senate,” Escudero told reporters.

“I still believe that outside of politics, we’d still be friends,” he added.

Escudero, who has openly said that he’s not too fond of attending slate rallies, lamented the fact that the condition of having to attend UNA rallies wasn’t a condition UNA leaders imposed on guest candidates—then re-electionists Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Ramon Revilla, Jr.—in 2010.

“If you’d look for a reason [for junking], you’d find one for sure,” Escudero said.

Sen. Loren Legarda, also a common candidate until UNA’s decision to junk them, said she continues to have a high regard for UNA’s leaders Vice President Jejomar Binay, former President Joseph Estrada and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile despite the opposition alliance’s decision.

Legarda said she has yet to be officially informed by UNA of its decision.

“But whatever happens my respect, regard and love for President Estrada, Vice President Binay who’s really dedicated and Senate President Enrile, to whom I am really close will never change,” Legarda said.

“So the friendship should not be affected,” she added.

Poe, Escudero and Legarda were among the members of the Team PNoy senatorial slate that went through Iloilo province with its most popular endorser President Aquino and campaign manager Sen. Franklin Drilon, who hails from the province.

Other senatorial candidates in the province Thursday were slate rally mainstays former Sen. Ramon Magsaysay, Jr., Aurora Rep.  Benigno Aquino IV, and Risa Hontiveros. Re-electionists Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III and Sen. Antonio Trillanes were also present as was Las Piñas Rep. Mark Villar, who stood in for his mother senatorial bet Cynthia.

According to the National Statistics and Coordination Board website, there were more than one million registered voters in Iloilo in 2010.

Team PNoy spokesperson Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo, in a statement, said: “The lines are now even clearer with the departure of the three candidates from UNA.”

“Team PNoy is with the President, while UNA is the opposition. We hope that we can move forward and finally set aside this nagging issue regarding the three candidates so we can focus on the more important and bigger issues that this campaign should be discussing,” Quimbo said.

Liberal Party spokesman Rep. Erin Tañada said it has become clear to the Filipino people how empty UNA’s platform of government is with its junking of the candidates that he called “the three saving graces.”

“It is a party in disarray, with no sense of what it represents and where it wants to go. One minute it is anti-GMA, the next minute it becomes her defender just because they are in Pampanga.  Round one: Team PNoy,” Tanada said.

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  • leomar101

     O hayan nag hintay lang naman pala na i drop sila ng UNA. So lumabas na ang totoo na hindi talaga sila sa una. Sunubukan lang nila kung puede mamangka sa dalawang ilog. Sayang din sana yong boto mukuha nila sa UNA. Yan ang tinatawag na double blade.

    • magiting78

      C Grace double blade..Pero Escudero and Legarda…balimbing daming Blade nyan hahaha…NPC LP UNA…

      • leomar101

         Pre, matalas pa ba ang blade nila. Kapag gurang na ay mapurol na.

      • magiting78

        Wala na..Ewan ko ba ki Heart bakit c Chiz p napili iniwan n nga ng asawa kc mapurol na…c Loren naman masyado n naburo kaya malaman barado na hahahaha….

      • Observer_din

        sir me chismax ako, ayon sa high society(circle ng mga me sinasabi)si Loren eh syota daw ni sen EA. hehehe

      • magiting78

        Oo matagal n yang dalawa n yan kaso may edad n c EA kaya hnd n makasamapa kaya kamay na lang pero mukhang enjoy naman c Loren kaso daliri nk Trust pa hahahha

      • leomar101

         sengkwenta na ba si  chiz? kasi  kung fifty and above  yata ay  hanggang laro na lang ng  gameboy ang kaya. hahaha. tingnan mo ang nasa pasig pumunta lang ng japan para bumili ng latest na  nintendo.

      • magiting78

        wala p naman ata kaso once a week n lang daw ang kaya tpos isang putok lng…hahaha bata pa c Heart kaya nyan 3 putok kht araw araw hahahaha

  • brunogiordano

    TAMA ang pasiya ng TATLO na tumiwalag na sa UNA lalo na si GRACE POE.

    Very OBVIOUS na ang UNA ay KAPANALIG at TAGPAGTANGGOL ng ex-PEKENG pangulo na nag agaw ng pagka PANGULO kay FPJ.

    • El_Gran_Capitan

      natumbok mo, naglabas na ng tunay na kulay si Binay, kulay itim talaga, katulad ng budhi nya, tapos pangangalandakan nya na loyal sya sa mga Aquino

      • Jason_Voorhees

        Sinasabi lang niyang loyal siya sa mga Aquino para makuha ang simpatiya ng mga Pro Aquino. dagdag boto din yun.

      • jgl414567

        Oportunista naman talaga yan si Binay walang prinsipyo kaya di dapat iboto.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/W6OYQAQ3YNWGE4SIRA4IIQ4Y3Y joshua

         pre nasa LP ung mga tunay na nandaya kay FPJ si Mr. Noted, Drilon at LP na sinabi walang pinag aralan si FPJ walang kakayahan.

      • El_Gran_Capitan

        The fact na sumali si Grace dahil kay PNoy, eh given na tapos na yun issue na yun

      • Observer_din

        pre hindi si Drilon si mr Noted, si Kiko Matsing yun, yung nanalong senador dahil ke Sharon Cuneta.

      • El_Gran_Capitan

        Anong nasa LP ang nangdaya kay FPJ, eh binasa lang naman ni Mr. Noted yun resulta, yun actual na dayaan eh sina GMA ang operatiba, so in the end nalinlang din ng mga operatiba nina GMA sina Mr. Noted. at nun tumiwalag na ang LP wing nina Drilon at Mr Noted ng magkabulgaran na yun Hello garci,

      • http://twitter.com/ANTIEVIL_666 ANTI EVIL

        Kapal ni binay..pag tapos siyang suportahan ni escudero laban kay mar roxas…ilalaglag siya…sabagay…mapatunayan mo ngayon escudero kung anog klaseng itim may budhi si binay….pati ung mga dinampot na mga gloria..kung makaasta di sila nakiusap makasali sa una (unang korupt)! sige ilabas nyo pa mga ugali nyong sakim….unang una kayong kinamumuhian…

  • Kumander Chameleon

    Akala mo ba Grace poe mananalo ka dahil anak ka ni FPJ? Hindi ang mga katulad mo na mapagsamantala ang kailangan ng taong bayan. Ano bang nagawa mo sa mga mamamayan nung wala ka pa sa pulitika at hindi pa kumakandidato ang tatay tatayan mo? Wala ka naman diba? nagpapasarap lang sa ibang bansa. Ang tatay mo totoong tumutulong sa mahihirap, pero hindi ka kasama dun!

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

      manalo siya kasi iboboto namin siya dito sa mindanao..

      • magiting78

        Iboboto nyo dyn s Mindanao? uh! maniwala ako sa inyo…di mo ba alam dami pinatay ni FPJ na muslim sa kanyang mga pelikula….hahahaha..joke lang masyado natin seniseryoso politika

      • filipinaskoh

        mali ka, hapon ang marami nyang pinatay hindi muslim.

      • magiting78

        Hapon ba??? hehehe cno mas marami napatay c Lito Lapid o C Erap….

      • Observer_din

        si Lito Lapid, kasi yung isang bala ng baril niya kaya tumama ng 2 tao. hehehe

      • magiting78

        Hahaha yung binaril yung kutsilyo na hati bala….hahaha dinaig pa James Bond

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

      mananlo sya kasi hindi sya trapo at maraming boboto sa kanya

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

      Mananalo sya kasi outnumbered ng mga ignorant, uneducated Pinoys ang mga discerning, thinking and learned voters like me who won’t vote based on personalities.

    • Observer_din

      tanggapin na kasi ninyo na ayaw talaga sa inyo. huwag na masyado sasama loob ninyo. palitan na lang ninyo.

  • JuanTamadachi

    ” Escudero, Poe heave sigh of relief after UNA junking”

    Now that is what I call serendipity.

  • Jason_Voorhees

    Mga plastic at opotunista!! dapat nung una palang sinabi na nila ayaw nila sa UNA. Pinalaki lang ang issue para sumikat. Niloloko nyo lang mga tao e.

    • Observer_din

      hindi nila kayo niloko, ayaw lang nilang maging bastos, kasi mas mapapahiya kayong mga taga UNA pag inayawan nila kayo ng deretsahan. mahirap bang tanggapin para sa inyo na inaayawan kayo? pwede nyo naman ipalit si Madam Auring, Victor Wood at si Amay Bisaya.. kasi mukhang mas qualified pa sila kesa ke Nancy, JV and JAck? hehehe

      • Jason_Voorhees

        Teka muna hindi ako maka UNA ako po ay maka Pnoy. naiinis lang ako sa 3 parang me doubt pa sila kung kanino sasama maanong diretsahin na nila na ayaw nila sa UNA. ginamit lang nila ang issue na nagpapalapad ng papel! Oportunista hindi ba? Pag ganyan ang senador mo ano na? Mulat sapul ayoko ke Enrile dahil numero unong corrupt yun!

  • $23257130

    mga walang utang na loob. ppppppppwwwwwwwweeehhhh kadiri eeeeeewwwwwwwww

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SYG36KOOLRY47VA3ICPJJ5CQTQ ADD

    Si Grace Poe lang ang dapat iboto sa tatlo. Si Legarda ay plastik, ganid na oppurtunista at numero unong Trapo. Si Escudero naman ang dahilan kung bakit mas lalong tumigas ang mukha ni Nognog (Binay). Ngaun nagaasam maging presidente si Nognog at pinatakbo pa ang anak nya sa pagka senador, another Trapo in the making.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    The next logical step would be for the LP to junk the Drone and the Butterfly.

  • vince_bugaboo

    Hindi ako nitpicker, pero….

    “My Ninong Erap told me, ‘Grace I can’t withhold support for you because of your father [actor and former presidential candidate Fernando Poe, Jr.].  It’s sad but I guess his hands are tied,” Poe said.

    Ibig sabihin ng nasa itaas na phrases, “Sabi ni Ninong Erap,  Grace, hindi ko 
    maaring pigilin (or alisin) ang suporta ko sa’yo dahil sa iyong ama. Masakit man, pero…

    So ano ang problema kung hindi aalisin ni Erap and kanyang suporta kay Ms Poe?

    Sino ang palpak dito, ikaw ba Bordadora o si Ms Poe?
    Did you quote her directly?

    Somebody correct me kung mali ang intindi ko rito, please.

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

    Kawawa naman ang UNA. Naunsyami sa tatlo… Ha ha ha ha!. Kahit naman sinong matinong kandidato mas pipiliin 100% ang Pnoy Team… Ang totoo kaya namn binuo ng 3 Kingkoy ang UNA ay dahil gusto lang naman masiguradong mananalo ang kanilang mga anak na si Nancy, JV at Jack sa pagsenador…

    • magiting78

      Naalala nyo ba yung 3 itlog n dati mga kasama ni Dolphy…kamukhan kamukha ng 3 na ito hahaha c Binay kamukha ni Pugak…..lolz

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ON7OVYELIEWW7U25MAF7XD36WU Cubano

    Huwag iboto ang mga political dynasties.

  • boybakal

    Escudero, Poe heave sigh of relief after UNA junking….

    It is a shame that these three were junked.
    In short, they are bad, ingrate people.
    Kung sa bisita, pinalayas matapos imbitahin, not good house guests.

    • http://twitter.com/ANTIEVIL_666 ANTI EVIL

      INDE PO SILA PINALAYAS KASI DI PO SILA NAGPUNTA…. KINAKALAWANG NA MGA UTAK NYONG TAGA UNA. …

  • boybakal

    Escudero, Poe heave sigh of relief after UNA JUNKING…

    Salamat naman at napuno na tong UNA sa kapapakipot nitong tatlo…
    Gaya nga ng sabi ni FPJ….Kapag Puno na ang salop Dapat ng Kalusin…
    Ironic, isn’t it…ang kinalos si Grace Poe….sorry FPJ.

    • Observer_din

      nakakatawa ka naman, eh natuwa pa nga sial ng maalis sila sa UNA eh, di nila kailangan ang UNA, di mo pa ba halata? hindi nga sumasama sa sortie nila eh, si Escudero nga ni wala man lang representative na pinapadal tuwing sortie ng UNA. mahirap bang intindihin mo mahirap lang tanggapin na ayaw nila sa UNA?? hehehehe

  • Handiong

    That’s what I have been saying, when there is no unity of command, things become a nightmare. Any management expert worth his salt will tell you that putting a hydra in top leadership position is a sure recipe for FAILURE. UNA is being led by a Junta of “Three Kings”. Any serious student of human nature will also tell you that it will be humanly impossible for the “Three Kings” to be in full and complete agreement on any and all matters, every time, all the time. It will only happen if UNA had “Three King-Clones”. But, no. UNA has “Three Strong-Headed Kings”, each with his own self-interests and probably hidden agenda.

    Erap on his own offered Grace Poe unconditional support because of his close relationship with FPJ. But Binay and Enrile don’t share the same personal feeling. The two want conditions imposed on Grace. The result is, you got it, FAILURE – a FAILED ADOPTION. So, where does that leave Ninong Erap? Anong mukha ang ipapakita niya ngayon sa kanyang ina-anak?

    FAILED ADOPTION NOW, FAILED ELECTION LATER?

  • marlaw

    DAPAT PUNUAN NA LANG NI ERAP, ENRILE AT BINAY ANG PAGKAWALA NINA LOREN, CHIZ AT GRACE POE. AT LEAST, SA PAGKAWALA NUNG TATLO NAGING PURO NA SILANG LAHAT SA UNA… PURONG MALALABO HEHEHE.

    • Observer_din

      pwede naman nilang kuhaning kapalit si Amay Bisaya, si Victor Wood, si Madam Auring, iyon na lang ang ipalit nila, baka mas me chance pa yun kesa ke Nancy at Jack. hehehe

    • http://twitter.com/ANTIEVIL_666 ANTI EVIL

      sino kayang mga engot ang maloloko nilang pumalit…HAHAHA…

  • filipinaskoh

    it’s a sigh of relief for the three of you while it is a sigh of burden for the 3 kings of November 1!

  • Filipinoflash

    Dropped by UNA, so what? Its their loss not the guest candidates. So the balance has tilted. 7 Team Pnoy while only 5 for the UNA.  That 5 of UNA might be reduced to two if Bam Aquino, Risa Hontiveros and Jamby Madrigal will surge as the campaign goes on. 

  • boybakal

    May pagkaOpurtinista din itong Tatlo.
    Hindi na lang kusang nagbitiw…siempre sinesegurado yan boto from UNA supporters.
    Tsk tsk tsk..

    • Observer_din

      pano nga sila magbibitiw, eh hindi naman sila sumasama sa UNA, mahirap ba intindihin o mahirap lang tanggapin na inaayawan ang mga taga UNA? hahahahaha

  • boybakal

    Escudero, Poe heave sigh of relief after UNA JUNKING….

    In short, they were Fired….buti nga.

    • Observer_din

      panong “they were fired”? ni hindi nga sila sumama kahit minsan sa sortie ng UNA eh, baka sabihin mo basted ang UNA.. sabi nga ni Grace POE eh nabunutan siya ng tinik.. kawawa naman kayong mga taga UNA nag-iimbento na lang, ano yun pampagaan ng loob?hahahahahaa

  • bryanbrian

    Goodbye United Nakaw Alliance.

  • Observer_din

    nabunutan ng tinik, tapos pinalalabas ng UNA inayawan nila.. mga sinungaling talaga tong mga taga UNA.

  • Paliwaweng

    Erap’s unconditional support for Grace Poe is because of ‘political gratitude’. It sounds like her qualification to be a legislator is immaterial, “dahil sinamahan ako ng tatay mo mula pa noong akoy naging mayor ng San Juan hanggang sa huli”. 
    Cliche line of traditional politicians.In fact, it was a disgrace to Grace. Had he said that he supports her because of her sterling performance or her track record can speak for itself, would be a boon to her candidacy.

    And btw, it would be a blessing to be junked by these trapos.
    They got more popular to a group of ‘thinking electorate”.

  • pubringjuandelacruz

    iba talaga ang karakas ni loren. if he has high regards with the high ops in UNA… why didn’t she join the coallition. OH! maybe she’s afraid to be tagged as corrupt?

  • boybakal

    “Parang nabunutan ako ng tinik [It’s like a thorn has been pulled from
    my side],” Poe told..

    Nabunutan ng tinik.
    Bakit hinintay mo pa ang pusa para masahehin ang iyong  lalamunan gayong pwede ka naman uminon ng tubig o kumain ng saging, para matanggal ang tinik sa lalamunan.
    Ibig sabihin, dapat inunahan mo na lang ang UNA.

    Kung gaano kabilis si FPJ sa kalibre 45, siya mo naman bagal sa draw Grace.
    Hindi ka isang Panday, di ka isang Probinsiano….ikaw ay si Maruja.

  • vince_bugaboo

    Hagikhik kasi ng hagikhik si Escu ng walang dahilan kaya inalis.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HNFT6IBPPVUDF73OAVCCF73HGY Swerting

    ayos lang na hindi na kayo dalhin sa ticket ng UNA sino ba matalino doon na pwede mong ipanlaban sa debate kay miriam defensor siguro iboto ko doon si Gordon lang yung anak ng mga trapong matatanda ayaw pang tantanan ang kaban bayan ang kakapal na ng milyones nila kasing kapal ng pagmumukha nila.siguro iboto ko yung mga anak nila as barangay chairman pwede pero kung gagawa ng batas abay may utak ba mga yan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HNFT6IBPPVUDF73OAVCCF73HGY Swerting

    wag Iboto ang matatandang trapo kahit mga anak nila walangkarapatan sa posisyon mag senador man o local na posisyon. layas TRAPO ang posisyon ay para sa may kakayahan hindi dahil sikat na artista o IDOL mo lang dapat suriin ng mabuti kung sila ba ay may kakayahan.

  • http://twitter.com/ANTIEVIL_666 ANTI EVIL

    Kapal ni binay..pag tapos siyang suportahan ni escudero laban kay mar roxas…ilalaglag siya…sabagay…mapatunayan mo ngayon escudero kung anog klaseng itim may budhi si binay….pati ung mga dinampot na mga gloria..kung makaasta di sila nakiusap makasali sa una (unang korupt)! sige ilabas nyo pa mga ugali nyong sakim….unang una kayong kinamumuhian…

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