Binay, Enrile, Estrada are UNA’s top crowd-drawers


MANILA, Philippines—The candidates may be crowd-drawers in their own right, but nothing beats the drawing power of Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, and ex-President Joseph Estrada—the United Nationalist Alliance’s “Big 3.”

Estrada, who missed UNA’s recent three-province stump due to an aching gum,  acknowledged on Saturday the discrepancy in crowd turnout when the Big 3 were available and when the senatorial ticket was left on its own.

He promised to show up in upcoming sorties and actively campaign for UNA senatorial candidates, before he gets busy with his own mayoral campaign in Manila beginning March 30.

“I noticed the difference,” he told the Inquirer in Filipino, but argued that the same was true of the administration’s senatorial candidates whenever President Benigno Aquino was absent in their campaign sorties.

“If the President is not there, there are fewer people.”

Estrada recognized the importance of top leaders of the opposing tickets in drawing big crowds at the hustings. “Of course, people want to see all of us,” he said. “That’s why we make it a point to come whenever we can.”

The difference was noticeable when UNA candidates motored through Pampanga, Zambales, and Bataan earlier this week. Estrada, Binay, and Enrile were all unavailable, their presence felt only in posters and whenever their names were mentioned on stage.

Save for the massive turnout in Olongapo City Thursday night, the candidates drew much fewer people in Pampanga and Bataan. In the last stop in Mariveles, the ticket campaigned at a covered court before a crowd composed mostly of supporters of ex-senator Richard Gordon.

It didn’t help that UNA candidates had to leave right after delivering their own campaign speeches, meaning the last one on the list was often left by himself on stage. During the Mariveles affair, it was Gordon.

In his campaign speech in another outing, San Juan Rep. Jose Victor Ejercito touched on the value of his father’s presence in his campaign. He recalled how his audience once asked about his father when it was the son who was running for senator.

“Bakit ikaw ang humaharap? Ang gusto namin  si Erap,” he said with a touch of humor, later acknowledging that his father, one of the biggest names in Philippine cinema, was “more good-looking.”

Ejercito’s posters usually include a picture of him superimposed on an image of his father. The same goes with Nancy Binay, whose posters also include pictures of her more prominent father.

Estrada’s star power is expected to be felt in upcoming UNA sorties.

Before the start of the campaign for local posts on March 30, UNA is set to campaign in Enrile’s turf Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya. The Mindanao leg would include Davao, Maguindanao and Compostela Valley. Also on the tentative list are Iloilo and Negros.

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  • Goyong

    Ito ang team patay! Pag nanalo itong mga ‘to, Patay tayo !

  • KonsensyaNgBayan

    Bulate ba sila, kasi ginagawa silang pang-pain ng UNA…Unfortunately, Binay and PlundErap are not the one running for any position. Ang kanilang pag-papakahirap sa UNA, ay ang kanilang puhunan sa pandarambong sa kaban ng Bayan. Ingatan ang inyong boto, isipin ang mga kapwa at kabataan para sa kanilang magandang kinabukasan. Isulong ang Tuwid na Daan at huwag maniwala sa magandang daan!!!

  • wilfredo h. villena

    Natural lang yon dahil ang mga Filipino sabik makapanood ng CIRCUS!!!!!!!

  • doublecross

    so what….!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ronald Waab

    UNA ang team patay.  Sana mga kababayan mag isip isip tayo para sa kapakanan ng ating bayan, wag iboto ang UNA patay tayo pag sila nanalo.

  • Butuan

    Binay, Enrile, Estrada are UNA’s Demise! 

  • Labandera1

    Ito ang UNAng Team Maysungay…….

  • quirinomayer

    Only shows how stupid majority of Filipinos are.  They are drawn to plunderers and pseudo nationalists.

  • beer_leader

    ihilera silang tatlo saka i  firing squad , mas lalo marami manonood .

  • eltee mulawin

    …..sabi sa news articles na ito ….. It didn’t help that UNA candidates had to leave right after delivering
    their own campaign speeches, meaning the last one on the list was often
    left by himself on stage.
    >>>kahit na anong election campaign, mga supporters at hakot-sabit crowd ng isang kandidato ay nauuna sa lugar at pagtapos na talumpati o speech ng kanilang kandidato at ito ay umalis na, siyempre aalis na rin sila. Kaya kung sinuman ang huling kandidato darating at mag-speech natural wala ng crowd maliban sa kanyang supporters at hakut-sabit crowd, kaya kung kaunti sila natural kaunti ang makikitang crowd.,…Addtion at subtraction lamang yan Mr. Estrada.

  • Labandera1

    Crowd drawer sina Juan Ponce Enrile, Binay at Estrada kasi sila ang Judas, Barabas at Estas ng Pilipinas…..

  • Jane Tan

    1. Binay, Enrile, Estrada are UNA’s top gluttons-for-punishment-drawers. *fixed*

    2. \Estrada’s star power is expected to be felt in upcoming UNA sorties.\

    Because “star power” is essential in the betterment of the country…

  • a1phantom

    Kapag binoto ang LP….binoto niyo si Pork Drilon as Senate President

  • Danyel

    Binay…plastic na plastic kung ngumiti sa ad nila……parang nang-aasar lang…..Erap, mahirap ang marami asawa, kayod pa rin kahit amoy lupa na,…Enrile, pino-problema kung paano dadalhin sa impiyerno ang kayamanan…..

  • $14334231

    ejercito and binay include their fathers on their posters?….these two using the plunderer and the ma-ka-ti sa pera?….this only show that they don’t have the credentials to join the senate…nakikisakay lang, ika nga….and this proves too that these two don’t really have the brains….hindi na nahiya!!!….kapal muks talaga!!!!  ….

    • eltee mulawin

       >>>maraming ganiyan hindi lang anak ni Binay at Erap, nariyan din si Grace Poe Llamanzares na laging binabanggit sa news na anak ng dating FPJ (ever since hindi binabanggit na anak nila FPJ at Susan Roces…bakit?, Nariyan din si Noynoy sinama rin sa campaign pictures niya si Ninoy at Cory.

  • Jason_Voorhees

    Dear Lord, sana po ay matuto na ang mga tao at huwag nila tangkilikin ang mga ganyang klaseng tao, negrong corrupt, matandang mamatay tao at corrupt din, artistang babaero, sugarol, lasengo at pluderer, Amen…

  • J

    Wala tayong magagawa sa lakas ba naman ng appeal ng 3-Kingkoys kasi mga mukhang bean bags.

    Erap inuUNA ang sarap ginagamit ang mahirap.
    Ang mga naghihirap naghahangad na lang ng sarap akala nila ibibigay ni erap.
    Binay kunwari makamahirap pero nangungurap.
    Enrile akala niya kanya ang pera ng bayan at pinamimigay sa mga senadong kaibigan.
    Enrile kinakatakutan ng kanyang mga kababayan sa Cagayan. 

  • Sugbuanon86

    Pumupunta lang ang mga tao sa LP dahil si PNOY ay namimigay ng PHILHEALTH cards.

    Bakit, artista ba ang sira ulo at sobrang gwapo na dudumugin ng mga tao?

    Yang abnormal na anak ni Cory, mas masahol pa yan sa ordinaryong politico.

    Pati PHILHEALTH cards, ginagamit sa kalokohan.

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    • Melvin

      Yang puso mo. May gamot ka pa ba?

    • botets

      adik.. hehehe idiot to d max

  • 100345roselia

    At the start of the national election campaign almost 2 weeks ago, I was wandering why these 3 kings of UNA continue to be top crowd-drawer. Based on my analysis the crowd was very curious
    to know why these 3 leaders are rich & becoming richer every year.  Let us examine their track
    records:  ESTRADA (convicted plunderer/Velarde account, jueting Lord, immorally manipulated
    the use of GSIS/SSS funds in stocks trading), ENRILE (involved in illegal logging activities &
    smuggling of high-end used cars at Port Irene, Cagayan) & BINAY (currently under investigation
    by COA for graft/corruption as former mayor of Makati, own condo units in exchange for approval
    of condo projects in Makati).  Given the track records of these UNA leaders, do we honestly
    expect good governance?  Remember, BEHAVIOUR DOES NOT LIE !!!  Your thoughts please my
    dear internet users.

    • Atagalong

      You got that right, Roselia!

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  • mangtom

    The crowds are attracted by clowns-that’s why. I concur with quirinomayer. 

  • boi skater

    It is very difficult to imagine that this country will ever
    become a first world country when you hear stories like this. Here we have the
    so-called three kings, three of the most corrupt politicians in the country
    attracting the same people who are suffering the most because of poverty. The
    great disconnect between these people’s situation and the quality of
    “leaders” they are attracted to is very difficult to comprehend, and
    scary for the future of this country.

    • Atagalong

      Amen to that Boi.

    • parefrank

      If that three are the most corrupt, what then is yhe Loisita president? Not corupt but the most incompetent? Three years in power and with ” improved economy” the poor and hungry are syill poor and hungry.  That gov. employess get more gifts and bonuses than common, much harder working employees get as a years salary is not very helpful to curb poverty. And encouraging people to work abroad and leave their families is also just helping to beautyfy the unemployed statistic and getting the remittances as cheap aspossible with the blown up peso value, which does not make a single good locally cheaper.

      • gusm

        Oh please get a grip. The problems of this country started
        long ago, with previous governments. Don’t be so naive to think that the
        country can recover from the abuses and neglect of the previous administrations
        that easily. They were in fact a complete failure. Recovery for this country
        will take decades. It may not even be possible until we have enough educated
        electorates with enough savvy to pick educated, motivated and honest leaders.

  • boybakal

    Binay, Enrile, Estrada are UNA’s top crowd-drawers….

    Just like cars….these 3 are vintage cars, old, classic, quintessential and of highest value.
    That’s why they still draw onlookers, people and voters.
    Whereas today’s candidates are like palito ng posporo, walang value, inferior.
    Vote for UNA…the quality candidates.

  • mangtom

    To boi skater: it is easy to comprehend if you consider the nature of a great majority of the Filipino botante: masochist. They relish inflicting wounds on themselves by voting for the scum bag candidates-UNA. 

  • sakinlang

    Totoo kaya ang balitang ito? Marami pa rin bang mahilig sa matatanda at nangangamoy na pulitiko? Wala namang mabuting ginawa para sa bayan ang mga iyan bakit crowd drawers? Baka naman may ipinamumudmod o nagbabalik lang ng kaunti sa mga kinulimbat nila?

    • Qwxyz

      itanong mo kay Christian V. Esguerra, baka may alam dyan sya ang sumulat nito.

  • bongarroyo

    binay, enrile ,estrada the 3 stooges…

  • litotan

    time for the electorate to wake up… nancy binay and the estradas should maybe included their housemaids in the line-up. it is anyway a family affair.

  • opinyonlangpo

    Whatever the outcome of the election the Filipinos deserves their government, so later on don’t complain.

  • To_Be_Continued

    HEADLINE: ‘Binay, Enrile, Estrada are UNA’s top crowd-drawers. Thousands came to learn how to earn commissions in millions by giving political favors, how to write their own fake biographies, and how to run a Jueteng business, aside from collecting their attendance money of P500 each. “

  • oidkcin

    I liken the candidates of both parties & all the politicians past and present led by the abnoydski pwesident, to the ayatollahs & ruhollahs. They are the paragons of virtues, good-mannered, can never do wrong, pure as white, smooth as silk Sons And Daughters Of B…..Talagang walang kabigin, puro itulak, lahat panapon ‘ika nga.Impeach Aquino….& her brother.

  • No_U_Turn

    It is a comforting article to know that these offsprings of the three evil kings are not crowd drawers like their mentors. These evil three kings have only a few years to live judging from their ages. Hopefully the next generation can change things for the better when they disappear from the scene. Otherwise, our neighboring countries will conquer the Philippines because of its strategic location. The comment board of Philiipine Daily Inquirer has been very useful in expressing our thoughts and ideals. Please try not to abuse it. May the Good Lord help us to change things for the best.

  • divictes

    Of course, they have the same crowd-drawing appeal as the late Lolong (May he rest in peace); but while people had to pay to meet Lolong, their crowd hope “na  maambunan”.

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