UNA says ready for debates, schedules permitting, says Binay



Vice President Jejomar Binay. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

VIGAN CITY, Philippines — The opposition insists they are prepared for debates but with less than a month left until Election Day, going head to head with Team PNoy candidates seems unlikely due to tight campaign schedules.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, one of the leaders of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), said that while they had no worries over a possible face-off between their candidates and those of the Liberal Party-led coalition, they had to “consider our schedule. I cannot outright tell you that we will be attending.”

“We are prepared. [We see] no problem [with engaging them in a debate],” he told reporters in an interview in Vigan City on Saturday.

“But we have schedules to follow. I am not saying that such a debate would not be good exposure for our candidates but these things can sometimes be scheduled on short notice,” he added.

There have been renewed calls for candidates of the rival coalitions to go against each other in a debate but Cagayan Representative Jack Enrile said that such debates would only be fair if candidates were given 15 minutes to answer questions thrown at them.

He said that debates which allow candidates a minute to explain was “asking too much. Why don’t we allow 15 minutes of free airtime and make it the same for each and everyone?”

“We are prepared at any time [for debates]—we can even debate in the streets,” maintained Enrile.

Former senator Ernesto Maceda saw the calls for debates as being “too late” as they were just weeks away from the close of the campaign period.

“I think it is too late. I have already attended four forums and they ask the same questions. What else do we have to debate about? It is too late,” he said.

For Nancy Binay, who turned down Team PNoy candidate Risa Hontiveros’ challenge for a debate, having less funding for television and radio advertisements made the opposition’s schedule tight and offered little time for debates.

“We don’t have the same resources that they have. If they can go back and forth to provinces, we take commercial flights, we have no helicopters or planes at our disposal,” she said.

The young Binay said they had to tough it out and travel by land in order to reach far-flung areas.

This was the case this week when UNA took its campaign to Pangasinan, La Union and Ilocos—its candidates enduring the sun to gather votes for the upcoming elections.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000310958970 Ricky Espino Junas


  • QritiQ

    I agree that there is nothing to debate about between coalitions LP and UNA that’s why i am more interested in hearing the Independents. With less than a month to go, i just have 5 senatoriables in my list – 3 of whom are “honorable” Independents.

    • Bryan

      who are they? if you don’t mind.

    • buttones

      Well my list is even shorter than yours,…

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    * * * * * *

    “We are prepared at any time [for debates]—we can even debate in the streets,” maintained Enrile.

    My Bloody Mary! Jack Enrile thinks debating is like shooting people!

    Truth will out!

    • Luthmar

      Yes, Jack Enrile is ready to debate, provided Honassan and another bodyguard will be there to do the shooting. Remember Alfie Anido?

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    Binay and alleged mistress’ photos surface the internet


    change the dot

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    Binay wife linked to Php72.06-M graft

    A FORMER whistleblower in high-profile graft corruption controversies turned-head of government’s financial watchdog yesterday linked the wife of Vice President Jejomar Binay, an incumbent and several former Makati City officials to alleged deception in the public bidding for a Php72.06 million supply contract awarded by the city government in 2001.

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    Sandiganbayan graft case

    Elenita Binay’s (and private businessmen Li Yee Shing, Jason Li and Vivian M. Edurise, and Ernesto Aspillaga’s) arraignment for graft charges was set by the Sandiganbayan’s 4th Division on January 18, 2008. Binay was charged of alleged anomalous purchase of office fixtures and furniture for the new Makati City Hall from private contractor Office Gallery International from December 1999 to February 2000, regarding the acquisitions worth P 13.25 million overpriced by P3.6 million.

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    Enrile’s only son Jackie Enrile was a notorious killer who killed several people including alfie anido…. Liezl (daughter of amalia fuentes) left showbiz because she was -rape by Jackie Enrile

    • buttones

      Well we’ve all been raped by ‘Jackie’, that’s hardly news. And in fact I can line up almost a hundred million that were ‘raped‘ by his dithering half blind father as well….

    • guesting

      rumors again?

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    .Mitos Magsaysay – She is in office to protect her husband, JV Magsaysay, who was the smuggling king of Subic during the reign of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. He is the counterpart of Elena Bautista Horn, spokesperson of GMA. She is “monkey see-monkey do” as far as her loyalty to GMA is concerned. I cannot trust her.

  • bonsaiman

    I think the UNA does not like debate, they are protecting Nancy Binay para hindi matuloy ang debate especially with Hontiveros. Feeling sure winner na sya kaya playing safe na wal ng debate as echoed by the father.

    • buttones

      “I think the UNA does not like debate,” Well that might be true, I would go even further and say UNA CANNOT debate, they are basically illiterate, well Estrada is, we all know that, and they call this an opposition party! OMG! This get’s more absurd every day!

      • Kristine Ong Muslim

        wala rin namang ma-aaccomplish ang debate. ang mananalo dyan, eh yung mas articulate. political debates are useless because they only measure, at best, communication skills, rhetorics. anong use nun sa public office? Magpatalbugan sila ng vocabulary?

  • brunogiordano

    “UNA says ready for debates, schedules permitting, says Binay”


    Umpisahan ang

    NANCY BINAY vs HONTIVEROS debate!!!!!!!



    • buttones

      She is not in the running of course but I would simply LOVE to see a debate between Nancy and Santiago, now THAT would be worth the price of a ticket, for the comedy alone….

  • calipso_2100

    We’ve seen the brilliance of Enrile during the impeachment trials of the ex-CJ. We’ve also seen his worst when he responded to Sen. Trillanes and AP Cayetano’s privilege speeches. Im sure his son will be a lot worse than him.

    As for Nancy, she can debate with my dogs. Estrada can debate with my drunkard, istambay neighbors.

  • Uragorn

    Nagpalusot na naman si Negro, halatang pinoprotetahan ang kanyang “princess” at baka mahalata ng publiko na walang laman ang utak. My God, nakaka-frustrate na talaga ang politika dito sa Pinas … ang daming tanga at bobong botante. Kaya walang nangyayari sa bansa natin. Hindi ba pwedeng i-disenfranchise itong mga bobong botante???

  • gudwil2all

    jackie, kailangan mo ng fifteen minutes dahil
    wala ka naman talagang mahalagang sasabihin

  • Ed Molina

    hoy nognog eto lang masasabi ko sa yo at sa buong grupo niyo. P A L U S O T !!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marc-Avila/100004211946347 Marc Avila

    what debate? debating who is the most corrupt ,cheater , liar ?

  • Ariel Molina

    Jejomar Binay ang anak mo ang hina hamon Hindi Ikaw kaya nga ang tanong ng taong Bayan bakit di pagbigyan ni nancy na nak mo ? Free ang debate . Kung nasasaktan ka sa cnabi ng mga my Utak na Tao sa anak mo, pagkakataon Ito ng anak mo na makipag debate. Style mo bulok na naman ..wew pamelyang mandurogas …

  • Gloria Wheelchairroyo

    Ayaw ng debate ni Nancy “Alalay” Binay dahil wala naman laman ang utak non.
    Wala kang aasahan sa taong wala naman magandang pinag-aralan at karanasan magtrabaho.
    Palusot lang si maitim na budhi kung tutuusin kailangan nga nila ng debate para makalibre sa malaking gastos sa media advertisement at maximum exposure kung may laman ang utak ni Ms. Alalay.

  • Luthmar

    Eh bakit pa nagsabi na redi silang makipag debate, tapos sasabihin wala ng time. What is more important, for the electorate is to know what you have in your brains not your campaign schedules.

    At nagpa-awa pa si Ms. Binay. “Wala daw silang resources” to go back and forth to the provinces. Ano ang ginagawa ng billions ni Jejomar at ang coffers ng Makati city na hawak ng kanyang kapatid. Ms Binay, we were not born yesterday. Find another excuse to avoid the debate challenge of Risa H. Ang sabihin mo wala ka lang ibubuga.

  • bongarroyo

    sinabi naman ni inday nancy na payag siyang makipag debate kay hontiveros di nga lang ngayon….pagkatapos na raw ng eleksyon…LOL

  • bbguevara

    I don’t know why politicians keep complaining how physically hard it is to campaign, when everybody knows that after they win, they practically don’t do any work at all, except to enjoy their perks.

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