UNA: Potential campaign donors fear being tagged as anti-Aquino


Rep. Toby Tiangco. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Candidates want to ramp up their game as the elections are just four weeks away.

But the United Nationalist Alliance has been struggling to saturate the airwaves with the group’s TV commercials due to lack of funds and reluctant donors, according to campaign manager Toby Tiangco.

Tiangco said on Sunday that in the remaining weeks before the polls, he would want to frequently air UNA’s group TV advertisements, which would feature all nine candidates on its senatorial slate and its so-called three kings.

But Tiangco said he had to focus first on getting the money for them by talking to potential donors.

“We’re just trying to raise funds for the TV ads,” Tiangco said in a phone interview when asked what UNA would focus on in the remaining month before the polls.

“The sad thing is, we don’t have enough funds for these,” he added.

He said some of the people he had spoken to were concerned about being seen as going up against the administration, making them reluctant to help UNA.

“This is why those who want to help are afraid.”

UNA is up against the candidates of President Aquino’s Team PNoy, and the chief executive himself has been actively campaigning for his bets.

Aquino has appeared in a TV commercial featuring the 12 candidates on his slate, as well as in the individual advertisements of each senatorial aspirant. He has also been frequently joining the team’s sorties.

The last TV advertisement sponsored by UNA aired back in March, Tiangco noted. But UNA’s senatorial candidates have been putting out their individual TV commercials, the expenses for which they shoulder.

Airing political advertisements on TV is an expensive venture, with a 30-second prime-time spot costing at least P500,000.

Tiangco said media exposure has proven to be a crucial part of the campaign, along with pressing flesh.

“You cannot come out every day on TV Patrol or 24 Oras, which is why we need advertisements,” he said.

UNA candidates would continue to go to as many places and see as many people as they can in the run-up to the polls, the campaign manager said.

Tiangco said UNA candidates have been getting help from Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, even though he has yet to join them in touring the provinces.

Estrada has been endorsing the UNA candidates to his network of supporters and contacts in various regions, he said.

Tinagco also said Estrada has committed to appear in future sorties of the senatorial candidates, but the senator must balance his schedule first since he has also been helping his daughter Janella and his father, former President Joseph Estrada, in their respective campaigns. Janella is running for councilor in San Juan, while the elder Estrada is in a heated race for the post of Manila mayor.

UNA also wants Vice President Jejomar Binay to join the sorties to boost the UNA candidates in the last days of the campaign, but this would take place only if there is no conflict with Binay’s official functions, according to Tiangco.

Former President Estrada, a usual crowd drawer, is no longer able to go around the country with UNA because he is focused on Manila. The third UNA leader, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, has been sidelined from the campaign due to poor health.

UNA leaders and candidates earlier contended that their campaign rallies had been well-attended, especially compared with those of their rivals, and that the reception from the crowd indicated that they had a lot of support despite what surveys showed.

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

    Strange. UNA should be enjoying a deluge of donations from political friends and friends’ friends.

    01. MVP-owned TV5 should be more than willing to help Erap Estrada. After all, it was Erap who helped MVP wrestle the PLDT shares from the Yuchengcos to gain control of PLDT-Smart.

    02. Lopez-owned ABS-CBN should be friendly to UNA. Otherwise, Erap’s black propaganda machine can move against ABS-CBN president Gabby Lopez III and drum up the hushed up rape case he was involved in back in 1975.



    • INQ_reader

      Thanks for bringing this up. It just shows the cruelty of dictator marcos’ regime. We all know that the dictator took away ABS-CBN away from the Lopez’ and gave it to the Benedictos. Imagine civilians being tried in a military court. How can anyone have a fair trial when the dictator controls the soldiers.?

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

        The rape case was different from the ABS-CBN. At least that’s how the US Embassy cables reported them.

        On another note, the US embassy cables sent by Ambassador Sullivan seems to “favor” the taking away of ABS-CBN as part of a grander plan of “eliminating the existing oligarchy” and redistributing society’s wealth. That’s what one of the cable said. At the same time, Ambassador Sullivan was not entirely convinced however if the plan to restructure society will succeed.

        Search and enjoy WikiLeaks.

  • doodle

    masiyado nang matunong ang Team PNoy, labanan na yan! Go UNA. GO ENRILE!

  • Hellomr

    Kapag tax payers fund madali gastosin hindi na mag isip pa. Pero kung mangagaling sa kanikanilang bulsa heto na nagkakatiyanian na. Mga multimilyonario karamihan sa kanila. Hindi katulad sila ni Villar nuong tumakbo bilang presidente lahat ng perang ginastos niya galing lahat sa bulsa niya….

  • nice_boy

    While UNA claims they are not against the administration, yet they are running against the administration candidates. This means there is no opposition anymore. Why are we having elections?

  • lolo_Jose

    BAKIT kaya pag galing ke Tobias ang balita parang ang hirap paniwalaan? Hindi ba sabi ninyo na kahit ”out gun” kayo nitong 2013 election pero sigurado kayo na sa 2016 si Bignay pa rin mananalo bilang presidente, bakit hindi mo kausapin ang mga humahabol mong mga senador na sila na mamuhunan sa kanilang sarili tutal in 3 years time balik puhunan sila? TUBONG NILUGAW pa kayo pag si Bignay na umupong presidente..

    • $23455908

      Huwag naman sanang si Bignay dahil parang isinumpa na ang Pilipinas kong mahal.

  • Agat Sumi

    the donors are not afraid to be tagged as anti Pnoy, they just don’t want to support corrupt candidates who represent the interests of the big 3 corrupt politicians- binay erap enrile.

    • $23455908

      Totoo yan.

    • regd

      Spread the word people, spread the word. Still so many blind UNA followers out there.


      takot din sa buwis. magkahalataan kung saan galing ang pera ng donor.

  • INQ_reader

    Tiangco has a way of talking before thinking. He is now admitting the weakness of his party. Now, there will be lesser donors.

  • Guest

    Saka walang utang na loob yang tao na yan. Biruin mo tinulungan ni Enrile tapos ngayon nakalimutan na lahat ng yun.


    MALAKI nag hinala ko na ang middle initial ni tiangco ay R. R for Reclamadore!

  • Guest

    Para palang siyang [Alan Cayetano] nagbabalatkayong anghel, nagbabait-baitan pero may pagkasalbahe rin naman.

  • Albert Einstien

    it’s white flag already for UNA…no money, no 3 kings no unity…..kaka-inin talaga kayo ng team chinoy…..chinoy si pnoykaya madami bgay pondo eleksyon….je je..

    UNA…unang susuko…

    UNA..unang mag-kakawatak watak…

    xempre LAGLAGAN na yan..yun 3 kings nyo xempre UUNAHIN nila mga ANAK nila..para sa kanila kahit ka-team karibal sa BOTO…9-3 survey di ba..gusto pa ng chinoy team 12-0….tapos na ang UNA…UNAT na…..lol

  • salvador contreras

    Off course all supporting UNA candidates are considered anti Aquino. Of all people Tiangco should know this! Or is he trying to say they are pro Aquino opposition. Ano ba na man yan!

  • mykmiguel

    Si Enrile, Erap at Binay walang pera, walang pondo???? c’mon!!!

    • $23455908

      Dami ng kurakot wala pa ring pondo??

  • berong es

    wala daw funds ang UNA pero dito sa lugar namin,bumabaha ng pera.noong nakaraang linggo,namigay si ERAP para sa pista ng lugar namin ng 100k.last friday,namigay yung kandidato ng konsehal ng tig 1000php sa lahat ng dating chairman sa isang kainan sa roxas blvd.yan ba ang walang funds?wag kayong magtaka kung manalo man si erap bilang mayor ng maynila.bumabaha ang pera ng UNA sa maynila.

    • $23455908

      Esep- esep Manileno..Kapag si Erap , tag hirap,

  • disqusted0fu

    Everyone fears an authoritative and vindictive President like Pnoy. They all know how he can make one’s life miserable with the use of his authority and influence as we’ve seen him do it to some influential people as well. Meanwhile, perhaps UNA can run to Erap for help. He still has that P300 something million that he plundered before.

  • penoy2012

    Syempre sinasabi ni erap at binay sa mga candidates nila, walang pera. pero ang totoo, naibulsa na nila ang pondo para sa mga candidates sana.

  • ting0508

    Ha ha ha! Wala nang rason itong si Tiangco. The real reason for the refusal of the usual campaign donors is they don’t want to be a part to corrupt party like UNA! That’s the real reason. How can you trust the three UNA leaders including their 9 Senatorial candidates who are also corrupt? The safe bet is Team PNoy who has shown that Tuwid na Daan is workable and it will lead our country to good governance and eventually economic progress and PEACE!

  • Noel

    Money talks. The administration has always the advantage due to the government resources at its disposal.

  • manual47

    If this guy, Tiangco, really smart, he would really see the big picture. But then, this guy has always nothing better to say except whine. Anti-Aquino has nothing to do with donors not making donation to UNA. It’s useless notion to donate to a party when that party is on the losing side. So, it’s just a WASTE OF MONEY. Just look at the candidates of the UNA party and you can tell why the donors were so hesitant. Unless the donors were idiots enough to go with the losing side. And it is what the candidates can offer to the people. And by the look of it, UNA candidates has nothing to offer to the people except to go after the money, nothing more. Abolish the “pork barrel” and let’s see if these UNA candidates will still run…..it’s always been obvious why these politicians “wanna be” like to run. So, stop your rhetoric friend, your beginning to be a broken record…..

  • Gloria Wheelchairroyo

    Wala talagang susuporta sa all star cast ng mga kriminal at masasamang tao. Tapos nakipag-alyansa pa kayo kay GMA na kampon ng kasamaan.
    UNArroyo party dapat tawag sa inyo.

  • pcosmachine



    • http://www.facebook.com/fbbernales Floro Bernales

      l will Vote for 9 L.Ps. & 3 independent senatorial candidates…

      No to Political Dynasties
      No to Vote Buying
      No to UNA….

  • chubby bobby

    simple lang ang sagot…. mga donor natatakot masangkot sa mga anomalya, masasamang balak ng mg kandidato ng UNA

  • Mita

    Don’t you get it Toby Tiangco? Only corrupt people will support the likewise corrupt UNA candidates. Majority want a clean government so we can continue to progress. Your funding problems are also an omen regarding Binay’s 2016 presidential ambition, which only the corrupt and unenlightened will support. No to United Nakaw Alliance!!

  • pcosmachine

    MAY 15, 2013 NEWS HEADLINE:


  • Pio Pusli

    “The sad thing is, we don’t have enough funds for these,” he added.

    then withdraw, end of story.

  • $23455908

    Ang titigas naman nila…Mga Bilyonaryo na halos ang karamihan sa kanila , wala man lang naglalabas para masuportahan ang kandidatura nila Asa pa sila sa mga donors. Maybe dahil pasok na yung iba sa survey kaya ayaw nang magbigay at yung iba naman ay sadyang kuripot para maglabas ng pondo sa kampanya. Kawawa tuloy ang mga taong sunod ng sunod sa sorties nila sa pag-asang mahagisan man lamang at makapulot ng kahit candy.

  • Noriel Bernabe

    Reasons why people are happy under noy’s govt.

    -Almost 10% of our Nat’l budget is loss each year due to corruption
    -Recent study showed corruption perception in the government is high hampering economic growth
    -Noy bloated budget of each congressmen’s PDAF while cutting budget on education
    -Almost a hundred of noynoy’s political allies have pending corruption charges in the office of the ombudsman (Even COA wrote to legislators most from noy’s liberal party questioning the use of their PDAF).
    – unemployment rate increased by almost a million despite of gdp “growth”
    – More than 1 billion was loss because of the unaccounted CCT
    – 32 billion pesos estimated loss revenue due to rice smuggling
    – P3.6 billion in loss revenue due to missing container vans
    -30 to 40 billion loss due to oil smuggling
    -Very low FOI inspite of the president’s juncket trips abroad and noy’s claims of billion dollar investments
    -the much vaunted PPP has no project to show off after three years
    -philippines lags compared to other ASEAN nation when it comes to FDI
    -2011 Philippines was named as worse country for investors (East ASIA)
    -Philippines lags in terms of infrastructure compared to its ASEAN neighboring countries
    -Many people from Mindanao were killed by flood due to cancellations of existing flood projects under noy’s admin
    -5 million and 30 million were donated by noynoy to MILF and ABB this happened after MILF ambused our soldiers in mindanao.

    Estrada (July 1998- Jan 2001) 3.1
    Arroyo (Feb 2001 – June 2010) 3.8
    Aquino (July 2010 – June 2012) 19.6

    (Based on IMF’s Direction of Trade Statistics))

    • chubby bobby

      sa tingin mo ba mababago ang lahat sa isang iglap lang?? Ang pag-unlad ng isang bansa ay kelangan dumaan sa iba’t ibang proseso. Ang China sampung taon bago sila naging developed na bansa at eto na ang pinakamabilis sa buong mundo. Ang Singapore 3 dekada bago nila narating ang first world status. Pasalamat nga tayo unti unting binabangon ni Pnoy ang Pinas mula sa pagkalugmok ng ilang taon. At pag naupo na naman tong Binay nato balik na naman tayo sa zero.

      • Timex Catedral Oriendo


    • Timex Catedral Oriendo

      utak talangka…. or should I say “CRAB MENTALITY”….

  • anton kinuton

    UNA don’t need donations, corrupt UNA 3 kings Binay, Estrada and Enrile can bankroll their campaign.

  • buttones

    I thinks it’s all this dancing and prancing around on stage, plus the singing that puts a lot of people off, it’s sooo embarrassing! And it seem to me these people think they need to do this because this is all people understand and view us all as idiots-it’s quite the reverse actually….

  • JMbilisyos

    this a big BS!!!!

  • honest man

    Ang picture parang bangag na naman.

  • Jerome

    Walang pondo…dami ng pork barrel ang dumaan sa kina Erap,Binay, at Enrile..imposibleng walang pera plus ang mga kick back pa sa iba…From Port Irene to Jueteng at lagayan sa makati…

  • eltee2012

    >>>sabi rito ni Mr. Tiangco…some of the people he had spoken to were concerned about being seen as going up against the administration, making them reluctant to help
    UNA. “This is why those who want to help are afraid.”

    >>>ibig sabihin ni Mr. Tiangco, kapag sila o may nag”donate” sa UNA, natatakot silang malalaman at mapaghinalaan na ayaw at laban sila sa administration of Nguyngoy.

    >>>siyempre at natural lamang iyon, mayroon ba naman eleksyon na walang opposisyon.

    Ang problema sa mga tao ngayon, bawat kilos at gagawin ay kailangan pabor sa isang Pangulo. Samantalang ang eleksyon ngayon ay para sa Senators, Representatives, Mayors at Councillors.


  • Ako_Hiking

    President Aquino appears to be putting campaigning ahead of the priorities of the Philippines. There are so much problems facing the country yet President Aquino seems to work more as a campaign contributor than work for the Philippine people. And the Filipino are supposed to be his ‘bosses’ right?

  • david

    wag na kasi mag dahilan pa…walang gustong magdonate sa UNA kc talunan karamihan andyan sa group nyo har har

  • disqusted0fu

    That’s the power of a tyrant and mentally unstable President. Pnoy made it clear right from the get go that all anti-Aquino people especially in politics will have a miserable time during his term. SC Chief Justice being impeached, pork barrels being constrained, persecutions here and there, so on and so forth. The PH is under a semi dictatorship.

  • Guest

    Is Nancy Binay qualified to run as a senator? Kayo
    na ang humusga.

  • Guest

    Biruin mo, may offshore accounts pala itong si JV Ejercito na hindi niya nailagay sa kanyang SALN. Wala pala to e, di transparent.

  • Guest

    Baka pag andoon na sa Senado si Nancy Binay,
    magbutas lang siya ng bangko at ngumanga. Pwede ba!

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