Escudero, Poe, Legarda: No hard feelings

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(From left) Francis Escudero, Loren Legarda and Grace Poe: Sigh of relief INQUIRER/INQUIRER.NET FILE PHOTOS

ILOILO CITY, Philippines——The erstwhile common candidates of Team PNoy and the United Nationalist Alliance on Thursday heaved a sigh of relief after UNA decided to junk them from its senatorial lineup for not showing up in the latter’s campaign sorties.

Reelectionist Senators Loren Legarda and Francis Escudero and Grace Poe, however, expressed sadness over UNA’s decision to drop them as common bets, but said they would respect the coalition’s move.

Legarda, senatorial candidate of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), said she was grateful to UNA for the support it had given her and stressed that she would remain focused on serving the Filipino people.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity extended to me by UNA. I regret their decision to drop the common candidates from their slate, but I respect it and maintain my high regard for its leadership,” Legarda said.

‘Filipinos’ needs’

“More than us politicians, this campaign is about the Filipino people and their needs. I continue to have the highest respect for President Estrada, Vice President Binay and Senate President Enrile,” she added.

Legarda said her political party, the NPC, has coalesced with the Liberal Party and that makes her an official candidate of the LP-NPC coalition.

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

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

‘We’d still be friends’

“While I consider UNA’s decision removing me from their senatorial slate a big loss, I maintain that the elections in May are more about issues and platforms rather than parties and coalitions,” Escudero said.

But Escudero said he harbored no ill will toward UNA and its leaders after its decision to junk him. “I still believe that outside of politics, we’d still be friends,” he added.

Escudero said that while he will remain an independent candidate, he would now be joining most of the campaign hops of Team PNoy after UNA’s decision.

Sought for comment on UNA’s move, Poe replied: “Parang nabunutan ako ng tinik [It’s like a thorn has been pulled from my side].”

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

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.

‘Can’t withhold support’

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

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

Other senatorial candidates who joined the sortie were former Sen. Ramon Magsaysay Jr., Aurora Rep. Sonny Angara, Benigno Aquino IV and Risa Hontiveros. Reelectionist Senators Aquilino Pimentel III and Antonio Trillanes were also present, as was Las Piñas Rep. Mark Villar, who stood in for his mother senatorial candidate, Cynthia.

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

    Well, at least now the the trio will no longer be accused of “namamangka sa dalawang ilog.” Chiz can pursue his heart with one heart. Loren can spend more time in designing new indigenous haute couture. Grace can remain clueless without offending his godfather. All’s well that ends well.

  • bbguevara

    Lumalabas, all along mababaw pala ang suporta ni Erap kay Poe, dahil wala siyang magawa.

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

    MAG-AAWAY DIN ‘YANG SI ERAP ( PMP) AT BINAY ( PDP ). P=PAREHAS ANG KANILANG LAYUNIN. = PURO PAGNANAKAW, PANLILINLANG, PANGGAGANTSO, PANGUNGURAKOT, 

    • where_I_stand

      History tells us that LP. NPC and NP coalesced with Gloria Arroyo’s Lakas-CMD in the 2004 presidential elections.

      Binay and Erap was supporting Fernando Poe Jr against the infamous Gloria Arroyo.

  • ApoLapullapu

    Double talk.  They never intended to join UNA rallies.  It is obvious.  LP is well funded.  They can take a free ride.

  • http://www.facebook.com/estrella.segarranavera Estrella Segarra Navera

    Suggest instead on concentrating on why UNA dropped them they should focus more on what the PNoy administration has done and is doing for our country and the marginalized countrymen. In that way those who are fond of attending rallies will be better informed of the state of the nation and not rely on statements of those who do not have first hand knowledge of what is happening.

  • mavtan

    Since this fiasco is now over, LP better concentrate hard on their campaign because UNA has advantage over the “mga bobong voters”, and sadly those voters has more numbers than the thinking voters. Pnoy is just right on keep reminding the people of the Arroyo administration’s sin to the Filipinos. Ang dali natin kasi makalimot. Remember the Marcos and Enrile?

  • $23257130

    mga walang utang na loob. pppppppppwwweeehhhh kadiri eeeeeeeewwwwwwww

  • http://www.facebook.com/rod.salvdor Rod Salvdor

    the three stooges dont like the three’s company( a tv sitcom)

  • wilfredo h. villena

    Ilagay ang UNA sa huli!!!!!!

  • bogli_anakdami

    mas magaling pa sa tatlong gung gongs na to eh mag-orgy na lang… iyutin ni chiz yung dalawang lukaret na gung gongs…

  • Mel

    Nobody wants to hang out with UNA anyway…

  • doublecross

    sipain ko pa yan…UNA  na yan!!!!!!

  • NelsonBagatsing

    Yan ang gusto ko sa tatlo, maayos at buong puso nilang tinanggap ang nangyari.. Sa tingin ko naman mas magiging maayos at epektibo sila sa LP laol na amga advocaies ni Loren Legarda, mga advocacies nya sa pagtatanggol ng karapatan ng mga kababaihan ang Anti-Abuse of Women in Intimate Relationships Act (RA 9262).

    • DanielMarquez

      kaya gusto ko si loren legarda dahil patuloy ang pakikipaglaban nya para sa pilipina.

  • ClaudineBeretta

    Mabuti naman at natapos na din ang balitan tungkol sa una..Gusto ko ang LP at naniniwala akosa mga adhikain ng bawat kandidato nila, gusto ko si Sen Loren at naniniwala ako na magkakaroon ng magandang kabuhayan ang bawat pinoy sa tulong ng MSME law na tutulong sa maliliit na negosyo.

    • JewelAgoncillo

      i agree! totoo na maraming pilipino ang matutulungan ng msme law kung saan hindi na kailangn pumunta pa ng ibang bansa ang mga tatay at nanay naton..Kaya suportado ko talaga ang LP ! madaming magagaling ! !

      • CarlosAcantillado

        Tama, sa daang matuwid na tayo :)

  • virgoyap

    When the three accepted to be the guest candidates of UNA I was dismayed. How can this be? They will be turned between two lovers. UNA’s decision makes things in the right order again. Di lang si Poe kung di silang tatlo ang parang nabunotan ng tinik. It’s now a fair whether for them all to campaign.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GB446PXWLE7J7ZGQRTXWAJ23LQ Eric

    anong pakialam namin kung magkakaiba kayo ng partido, pare pareho lang kayo lahat, mga walang kwenta..kahit sino umupo wala nang ipagbabago ang pilipinas..bet me..

  • josephsanchez

    porket una sa polls, mayayabang na kayo. Loyalty will be dimmed as the best policy in our government, sadly, it has never been the case. Madrigal will win. She will. So you should vote for her!

  • Santosark

    wala POE akong pakeelam! haha JAJAJAMBY!

  • disqusted0fu

    All their campaigning are never really for the Filipino people, it is usually more for themselves and their personal agenda. LP keeps on using the straight path catchphrase but is there really a straight path? Maybe it’s best to ask Pnoy’s PCSO board members who were recently audited by the COA having a bunch of irregularities on their accounts. The straight path is just a catchphrase at the end of the day.

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