It’s the turn of the Team PNoy coalition to throw back the Arroyo-ally tag at the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
Weeks after the opposition brought to mind administration candidate Bam Aquino’s ties to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, a Team PNoy supporter coined the term “UNA-rroyo” to indicate the alleged collusion between the opposition ticket and Arroyo forces.
Harvey Keh, convenor of the good governance advocacy group Kaya Natin! Movement, on Friday also denied UNA’s allegation that the administration was buying votes through Kaya Natin’s distribution of National Bookstore and Mercury Drug gift certificates in Quezon City’s third congressional district.
“Perhaps UNA and the camp of former President (Arroyo) are already in connivance with each other, that’s why they are allowing themselves to be used by former (QC third district) Rep. Mat (Defensor),” Keh said.
“Hindi kaya UNA-rroyo na ito (Could this be UNA-rroyo?)” he said in a news conference at Team PNoy headquarters in Makati City.
Defensor, a former Lakas-CMD stalwart and staunch ally of Arroyo’s, is UNA’s official candidate for the third district of Quezon City against incumbent Rep. Jorge Banal, of the Liberal Party.
Keh said that there was a strong possibility the opposition UNA was in a convenient alliance with the camp of former President Arroyo considering that two GMA allies—Juan Miguel Zubiri and Mitos Magsaysay—were in the senatorial lineup of UNA.
“They did it in 2010, they’re doing it again now,” Keh said.