Why UNA Senate slate is hurting: ‘Big 3’ hit


Having three leaders is making the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) an easy target.

By former President Joseph Estrada’s reckoning, it appears that forces identified with the Aquino administration were trying to link UNA’s “Big 3” to controversial issues to ensure the defeat of its senatorial candidates in the May 13 midterm elections.

“Iniisa-isa na kami (They’re going after us one by one),” Estrada told the Inquirer in an interview.

He said the controversies involving the Big 3 contributed to the poor showing of UNA senatorial candidates in the latest Social Weather Stations survey.

Only three UNA candidates—Nancy Binay, San Juan Rep. Joseph Victor Ejercito and former Rep. Juan Miguel Zubiri—landed in the Magic 12.

“It really affected them,” he said.

2 major issues

Estrada cited two major issues raised recently against Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, a member of the UNA Big 3 along with Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Enrile, whose son Jack is running for senator under UNA, was in hot water for unequally distributing Christmas cash gifts to 21 other senators. Four of them got only P250,000 each, while the rest were given P1.6 million each.

Among Enrile’s most vocal critics in this episode was Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, who is seeking reelection under President Aquino’s Team PNoy ticket.

More recently, Enrile’s pet project, the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority, was put in the spotlight for the importation of hundreds of used cars and vans for resale in the country despite a ban.

COA’s scrutiny

As for Binay, his wife Elenita is facing graft charges in the Sandiganbayan over the allegedly fraudulent bidding for a P72-million supply contract when she was Makati mayor in 2001.

A separate house project during the Vice President’s term as mayor is also being scrutinized by the Commission on Audit.

Estrada has problems of his own. He is running for Manila mayor against incumbent Mayor Alfredo Lim, a member of the President Aquino’s Liberal Party (LP).

He is facing disqualification cases, while his running mate, Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, was arrested over a bingo affair.

Estrada said UNA leaders would meet next week to strategize on how to respond to the purported campaign against the Big 3. But he was careful not to link the President to the campaign, saying he was convinced it was the handiwork of those in the Liberal Party.


Rep. Toby Tiangco, UNA campaign manager, said the SWS survey might be meant to “condition the minds of the public about the outcome of an election that will be decided only on May 13.”

“Expect the LP to begin its ‘trending’ operations and pursue their mudslinging not only against our candidates but our leaders,” he said in a statement.

“It is too premature for the LP to gloat …. The only way the LP can dominate 2013 is by resorting to the tactics employed by the Arroyo administration in previous elections. This is the reason why we find in the LP roster known special operators of the discredited regime.”

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  • El_Gran_Capitan

    Alibi lang yan ng mga matatalo na, yan kasi ang kaibahan ng taong walang bahid ng corruption kaysa mga taong kahit na anong ayos at pagsusuot ng damit na magaganda, lalabas at lalabas pa rin ang baho

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

    Tama si Drilon 12 – 0 in favor of the LP!

  • mapicchu

    estrada loser comments: iniisa isa nila kami…hinaharass kami…AS IF…they are angelic and saintly????? aping api ba talaga kayo?  harhar

  • 33Sambuang2

    e dapat lang kasi na malaman ng masa kung ano kayo. magnanakaw, sugarol, babaero, maraming kabit, smuggler and killers. manahimik nga kayo dahil walang boboto sa inyo. tinaas nyo pa ang kamay ng isang aswang sa cebu na namili ng lupang underwater…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/E565Q36QHXUAOUFNZF3BURQBVU Domingo

    aba e bakit mananalo pa ata si binay at si estrada kesa kay gordon? totoo ba yang mga survey na yan?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/E565Q36QHXUAOUFNZF3BURQBVU Domingo

    mas paniwala ako duon sa survey na ginawa kamakailan lang na bakit daw yung mga kabataan na me talino rin naman e di makakuha ng trabaho o magkaroon ng pagkakataon na makapagsilbi sa bayan? tama sila dahil na marami daw sumagot e dahil ayaw pa magretire mga gurang !

  • Bosh911

    UNA – united nakaw alliance

    • im_earth

      LP = Let’s Party :D

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KTHF7P5QFFHTF3JLKWGOQ6H5ZE Knight

    Dahil my mga bahid magnanakaw . Sino ba naman boboto sa samahan ng tatlong , hari… Hari ng martial law. Namodmod ng pamasko sa kapwa senator yon hanggang ngayon gutom pa rin ang nasalanta ng bagyo at baha, sana tinulong na Lang yung Labis na pundo na iyon. Matutuwa sana mga nalunod sa bagyo at baha. Binay tinaas ang gamay ni Gwen Garcia patunay na yeheyyyyyyy Pareho kaming magnanakaw ..nindot kaayo Binay hahahaha. Ika nga tatlong hari. Joseph sana nadala ka na napatunayan kang nagkasala nabilanggo bakit ka pa bumalik sa politika Dahil ba artista ka? Noon yun po..tanga pa ang mga Tao.. Pwedi ka pang mang uto..

  • Noypi11

    It is getting clear now that if, and only if an UNA candidate wins, that winner’s loyalty will be towards the ” three kings”, namely  Erap the convicted plundrer, Enrile, the Marcos’ martial law administrator and the father of the murderer, and Binay, the corrupt man of Makati. With these three kings no wonder UNA has no winners. Filipino voters are becoming smarter.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QTVMMV3EWVYIFKLY4M5EYFAQB4 CN

    Hayop ka Zubiri! Mandaraya ka!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HAPQVQNMOOCNHB54ONDGD2KSRE esther


  • tabingbakod

    Mudslinging or reporting.

    Who in their right mind would want to align with Erap anyway. He lost the presidency via impeachment to which the country was branded as politically unstable.

     Even if you give him all the benefit of the doubt availble in the universe, then he is so unbelieveably incompetent. How can he be a victim if he was the president of that time.

    Erap is so corrupt that it comes natural to him, he does not even know that he is doing it.  All the Erap jokes are true to their message.

  • filipinaskoh

    “The only way the LP can dominate 2013 is by resorting to the tactics employed by the Arroyo administration in previous elections.” Toby Tiangco

    Are you out of your mind again???? ilang katol na naman ang nasinghot mo, Tiangco?

    Alalahanin mo ang tactics na ginawa ni Gloriang swapang sa previous election ay ang “MANDAYA” – ALALAHANIN mo rin na ang ISA SA NANDAYA nung panahon no Gloria ay KASAPI NYO sa UNA si ZUBIRI at ang NADAYA ay nasa TEAM PINOY si KOKO. Ang matinding ALIPORES ni Gloria ay nasa UNA din si MITOS MAGSAWSAW.

    ENGOT! bumusina ka muna bago ka magsalita ang natatamaan mo ay ang mga KANDIDATO NYO.

  • filipinaskoh

    Erap, are you trying to insinuate that MUDSLINGING is being done to your camp by the Team pinoy?

    Hindi na kayo kailangan pang hagisan ng PUTIK kasi mga PUTIK na talaga kayo, na nagkatawang tao.

    Puro na nga kayo UMAALINGASAW sa AMOY nyo, hahagisan pa ba kayo ng putik? Hindi na kailangan noh!

  • farmerpo

     Three men trying to sell their progenies.
    Three men who got to the top stepping on the peoples heads as props.
    Three men who expertly capitalized on the peoples gullibility and still does.
    A convicted ex president, a chronic failed coup plotter, a non entity until appointed by Cory and became a superBillionaire(?????) as mayor.
    Cannot have a worst team than that..the best of luck, Philippines!!!!

  • quirinomayer

    After the rout of the UNA in May, the resounding defeat of the pretender Malignong Itim in 2016.

    People are  realizing the untrustworthiness of these group dominated by greedy and tainted trapos. 

  • Jim De Garman

    paanong di pupulutin sa kankungan ang senatorial slate ng UNA.. umaga pa lang si Tiangco hindi pa nakapag mumog pumuputak na kaya yan puro amoy bilasa at naging UNA sa huli ang kandidato nila.

  • $14334231

    if the three of you resigns from UNA, go on vacation outside and far from the philippines, never open your mouths and make comments prior to election; come back only after election, their “might” be a slight chance more of your party’s candidates “might” win….right now, with the three of you here campaigning, there’s no way your candidates will win…..who else would believe in you, three kings, who are so corrupt, that your souls are already in hell even when your mortal bodies are still here on earth…..shame, shame, shame…..

  • rodben

    Noong 60’s at 70’s walang pera-pera ang laban yong mga credibilidad at accomplishment ang tinitingnan ng mga botante maganda pa kasi ang buhay noon ng mga Pinoy ngayon pere-pera lang tuwing election dahil sa herap ng buhay…kompare ko sa probensya naka-bili na ng motor sa bigay ng politico lalo na pagmalapit na botuhan…paano maaalis ang kurakot sa Pinas?

    • akongednamzug

      Mawawala ang kurakot sa Pilipinas kapag nawala ang mga tao na tumatanggap ng pera o bagay na galing sa isang pulitiko lalo na kung alam na alam niya na ito ay ibinigay sa kanya upang iboto niya ang nasabing pulitiko. At isa na rito ang kumpare mo.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PM6JHCFR2KT2AURMWRDUXBNLQY Darwin

    The LGU network of Binay is decades old. He will win that as investment on his 2016 run. Pnoy cannot transfer his pull to Roxas or any ally. There will be last minute junking by NPC over the LP candidates. That politics.

  • brunogiordano

    “Why UNA Senate slate is hurting: ‘Big 3’ hit”

    Kailangan pa bang PAGISIPAN iyan.

    VERY OBVIOUS ayaw sa inyo ng mga TAO.

  • oidkcin

    The sham May election of the ruhollahs & ayatollahs led by the abnoydski pwesident, talagang walang kabigin, puro itulak, lahat panapon.
    Impeach Aquino….& her brother.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KTHF7P5QFFHTF3JLKWGOQ6H5ZE Knight

      Yan ang bunga ng katangahan mag basa lagi umu unlad na ang bansa mo makapag trabaho ka na sana. Dahil marami ng nagtitiwala sa bansa mo. pero cg Dahil cguro tanga ka at bulag sa mga nangyayari sa paligid mo patuloy mong ibuto ang tatlong hari mo ng walang magandang kinabukasan ang bansa mo.

      • oidkcin

        masakit ang totoo ano po? tahan na po.
        Impeach Aquino…..& her brother.

      • akongednamzug

        Kawawa ka naman, nag-iisa ka. Impeach nichdio ! ! ! 

      • oidkcin

        nakakapuwing ang maliit ano po? tahan na po.
        Impeach Aquino…..& her brother.

  • brunogiordano

    “He is facing disqualification cases, while his running mate, Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, was arrested over a bingo affair.”

    Paano kayo mananalo niya, pareho kayong TIOPE NA!!!!

  • bryanbrian

    No to United Nakaw Alliance!

    Solid Team PNoy!

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

    The undoing of Enrile early this year is not so much because of the cash gift. Because LP also had a hand in it. The LP senators even voted to keep Enrile as the senate president.

    The undoing of Enrile early this year is Gigi Reyes and her big mouth. She indiscriminately attacked the senate minority on the air during a radio interview with DZMM, consequently incurring the ire of Alan Peter Cayetano who later disclosed her illicit relationship with Enrile.

    The former and the latter were separated by almost two weeks when they first broke out. Survey results of Jackie Enrile’s drop only became precipitous when Gigi’s juicy affair with Enrile came out. 

    People love juicy gossips. It’s what turns the public on. Give us some more. Give us the pornographic centerfold stuff. We just can’t get enough of it.

  • Lino Mata

    Basta’t huwag lang si Nancy, Jack at Joseph ang malaglag, wala nang pakialam ang mga leaders na UNA sa iba pa nilang mga manok.

  • Philcruz

    The UNA is truly a party of evil. What else can we expect? It was born out of the incestious copulation of three males, with acknowledged mastery of Corruption, Plunder and Deceit, surrounded by equally ravenous vassals and double-talkers of the Glorious past.

    Listen to them now. Making all kinds of excuses for their debacle in this latest survey. Ang yabang when they led in the early surveys. Criticizing the surveys when they get pummeled. Laughable. Comic chameleons.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XIJY2MSBTT7VT256PTE7VDEFPM JOJIE

    Kanya kanya na. Unahan nalang. Yan ang expected na mangyayare sa UNA. Syempre u unahin ng tatlong ulong kolokoy ng UNA ang mg anak nila. Sa totoo, bali tatlo lang ang kandidato ng UNA. Si Estrada, Enrile at Binay lang. Ang iba dyan ay pang decorasyon lang. Alam yan ng tatlong tumiwalag na sina Escodero, Poe at Ligarda. Tama? 

  • pikloy

    Wow thats what we call political climate change. Voters are getting smarter.

  • Bayang_magiliw

    Mas mabango at malinis pa nga ang putik kesa sa inyong three kings ng UNA.

  • wazgoingon

    Now, isn’t this good for the country.  Mahirap kasi yong naglilinis linisan, diba?  

  • Ravens727

    Can you please stop calling them ” 3 Kings”. The truth is that,  they are not kings, we can call them ” King Kongs” or ” Tatlong Itlog”….Kings have crowns, These King Kongs only have their loose balls ang sacks

  • pilipino

    UNA sa corruption, UNA sa marital infidelity, UNA sa jueteng, UNA sa car smuggling, UNA sa dayaan sa election, UNA sa dishonesty. Sa UNA gaganda ang buhay ng mga kurap at yung mga malalapit sa mga kurap!

    • sonic99363

      arayyyy heheheh

  • KapitanBagwis

    The Three Stooges hehehe

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

    LP campaign is focused on the pretenders of the Matuwid na Daan and the three stooges which so much anomalies in their nameis bringing the down. Since the surveys are not in their favor, they are now questioning the surveys to “condition the minds of the public about the outcome of an election that will be decided only on May 13.” Toby Tiangco converts all the positive move of LP into a negative aspect. Sabi ni Tiangco that the LP is using the same all tactics of Gloria Arroyo!!!!

    • ramelatilano

      alam mo naman si taingco parang lasing din eh ha ha ha….si gloria na naman ngaun ang dahilan ha ah ha lasing nga…

  • adriel0104

    and dami kasi baklita na boboto kaya talaga manalo si miguel tsopabiri

  • KonsensyaNgBayan

    Kung hindi ba naman UNA kayong T-nga, gagawa kayo ng bulok na kabalastugan at pag nangamoy ay ayaw ninyong aminin. Puro kayo denial at depensa, eh alam na lahat ng mga matitinong Pilipino ang mga balakin ninyo. Tuta ng mga Marcos, GMA, kasama pa si Enrile, PlundErap, at Binay Ano na ang mangyayari sa ating bayan kung kayo ang uupo. Lalo na’t puno na naman ang laman ng kaban ng Bayan, uubusin na naman para sa pag-papaganda sa ililihis na daan at ibubulsa ng mga gahaman!

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


    ENRILE = ang anak nyang asintado. sapul si alfie.
    ERAP = ang anak ng kanyang kabit. dapat isinali si jerika para 3 ang anak nya sa senado.
    BINAY = she’s my daughter! ANO NGAYON KUNG ANAK MO!


  • edleon

    Make no mistake about this: You can never make a fool out of God. Whatever you plant is what you’ll harvest. (Galatians 6:7)

  • lolo_Jose

    NO TO BINAY!!!

  • ApoLapullapu

    Wait till the effect of the President’s position on the Sabah Standoff comes out especially among the Muslims in  Mindanao.

    • Bayang_magiliw

      How about ERAP’s position against the muslims? Remember how he disrespected all of the muslims when they overrun camp Abubakar?

      • ApoLapullapu

        The Muslims did not like Erap’s all out war.  But it is not Erap we are talking about here.  It is PNoy’s position on the Sabah stand-off.

  • droccu

    It was UNA who bannered the “3 King” as their strengths when they announced the UNA coalition even bragging that one (Pnoy) cant beat three who were topping the surveys also together with Pnoy back then. With the sudden resurgence of their popularity a few months ago, they all went back to their old ways (JPE bullying everyone in the Senate, ERAP drunkenly harassing a Manila police Officer during the Isko incident, Binay bragging and insulting the electorate that the only qualification Nancy needs to be a Senator is that she is the assistant of both Dad and Mom, Binay clan COA woes, etc.).  What they forgot was that the 3 are old political souls with very heavy political and personal baggages that are weighing them all (including the senatorial candidates of UNA) down now.. Ang aga yumabang kasi. Anyway, it’s still too early to tell…Bawasan lang yabang siguro and let’s see…

  • Jane Tan

    \“It is too premature for the LP to gloat …. The only way the LP can dominate 2013 is by resorting to the tactics employed by the Arroyo administration in previous elections. This is the reason why we find in the LP roster known special operators of the discredited regime.”\

    They can’t discredit you if you’ve done nothing seriously wrong. Its not their fault that you gave them the bullets to their guns.

  • ramelatilano

    ha ha ha tiangco nag aa dik ka na naman…sabihin apektado talaga ng issue yung mga candidato mo…layo pa naman eh….

  • nes911

    UNA is awashed with corrupt members and the people are aware of it.

  • mavtan

    NO to UNA! Kelangan pa ba sagutin yan? Estrada is a convicted plunderer, womanizer and gambler. Enrile is the brain of Martial law and now the man behind the car smuggling in Cagayan. Binay corrupt former mayor of Makati. Imagine having a properties on major condos in Makati, how can you manage to acquire those properties and become rich for being a former mayor?

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