Sotto: UNA bets benefit from Team PNoy rift

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Senator Vicente Sotto III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Senatorial candidates of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) could stand to benefit from the local rivalry between the Liberal Party (LP) and the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) in the May 13 elections.

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, a senior NPC member, on Friday said disagreements with the LP has forced his party’s candidates for local positions to throw their support behind the UNA senatorial slate.

“The UNA slate will benefit because of the ill feelings between LP and NPC at the local level,” he told the Inquirer, after being asked to comment on an UNA press release quoting the NPC as saying it could not “coexist” with the LP.

The NPC formally joined forces with President Aquino’s LP to help form the Team PNoy senatorial ticket, which also includes candidates from the Nacionalista Party (NP). But the alliance did not hold in the local level after LP decided to field candidates against incumbent NPC officials, according to Sotto.

“They did not keep their word,” Sotto said, recalling that the NPC initially offered the “equity of the incumbent” rule during coalition talks with LP.

The rule would have meant that neither party would support a candidate who would run against a local reelectionist, who belongs to either the LP or the NPC.

“What was more painful for our local officials was that the LP fielded against the candidates who used to be with (former President Gloria) Arroyo,” Sotto said. “I share their sentiments.”

There would have been no issue if a candidate opted to run against an incumbent official of the NPC, the senator said.

“Worse, the LP endorsed these candidates against the NPC despite the existing coalition at the national level,” he said.

Sotto said a case in point is Pangasinan, where incumbent Gov. Amado Espino is an NPC member. He is pitted against Alaminos Mayor Hernani Braganza, who had joined the LP.

The LP-NPC also could not hold in Negros Oriental, the site of UNA’s campaign sortie on Thursday.

“The NPC and the LP alliance on the national level is intact but, in the province, we have party mates who are forced to battle it out with the LP,” Rep. George Arnaiz, NPC chair in the province, told reporters in Filipino.

The NPC has strength in numbers among local officials. In Luzon alone, it has 135 candidates for municipal mayor and vice mayor. LP has 143 while UNA is fielding only 17.

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  • hustlergalore

    tito sottocopy, naisoli mo na ba ang campaign funds ni fpj or did you benefit from it?

    LOL

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    sotto magaling ka talaga sa paninira. statement mo very sweeping, pero hanggang pangasinan lang pala. sa paninira, asahan ang sira na magsalita. pwe!

  • Fulpol

    coalition and alliances are just formality… paper and suggestion, like it was suggested not to compete with one another… but self-interest and greed still the driving force to break the contract este suggestion..

    the contract of coalition and alliances is in fact just suggestion… take it or don’t take it… no big deal…

    LOL

  • QritiQ

    It’s surprising to note that the LP had pitted Hernani Braganza, o former top Gloria Arroyo liutenant, against its own current ally.

    • wawa2172

      Nationwide at local level, the LP candidates are formerly with Lakas-CMD party of the Pandak thus walang pag babago sa matuwid na daan. From Batanes to the Sulo lahat nang tumatakbo sa LGU ay tauhan ni the Pandak na bumaliktad sa LP. Politics is addition. Even at national level, Bam Aquino is a youth leader and follower of the Pandak. Same is true with Braganza is a loyalist of Pandak and endorse by Tabako. Well, that is how it is in politics lipat bakod lang. In 2016, marami ang lilipat sa UNA dahil lame duck na si PNoy.

      • ARIKUTIK

        Ang daming party party na naghalo halo sa tag init. Wala na akong matandaan….. waaaaahhhhhh…………..

  • mabyrik

    Sinong maniniwala kay Sotto? At bakit naman natin siya paniniwalaan? Eh, wala namang utak iyan dahil plagiarist lang iyan.

    • etomacq

      ako naniniwala,, may katotohanan naman mga sinabi nya. Ang pangit yun mga nag iimbento ng kwento at puro kasinungalingan lang ang pinagsasabi,

  • $26606290

    Iskul iskul….iskul bukol….humihirit ka nanaman…..

  • mamer2

    A – – HAH…, Nandidito ka na.., naman…!

  • Concur_Dissent

    wag na ikaw saw saw dyan tito… wala kang alam dyan…doon ka na lang mag yabang sa one ball university!!

  • indiosbravos2002

    Santiago said Sotto will form part of tbe new majority in the next senate. Ngayon pa lang tumitiwalag n kay Enrile para makajockey ng posisyon. SOTTOING talaga.

  • kilabot

    in a partnership of crooks,
    there’s always one who’s going to be swapang;
    who wants the whole loot for himself.

  • ruben_bush

    master of intrigue, tito sotto, the copier, the plagiarist, the iskul bukol senator…. you should leave the senate. tapos ka na hindi ka na iboboto ng mga pinoy. bobo!!!

  • etomacq

    Ganyan talaga mga pulitiko… puro mga balimbing. sila silla naglolokohan kaya Pilipinas nagkakandaloko loko lalo. walang pagbabago. Kawawang bayan.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Any politician is ready to kill whoever obstruct its path to secure job for her/him and family. Don’t get me wrong but that reality in this country. congress and senate are more lucrative than jueteng, “honorable” poor people kowtow to them.

  • JuanTamadachi

    Buffoonery from a buffoon and literary pirate.

  • Rolly257

    Akala ko pangongopya lang ang alam ni Sotto, meron din palang ibang alam……tsismis.

  • disqus_WIkXYUshrh

    Who is talking? Sotto who? Who else believes him after all his serious blunders.

    Suggest you read more and study because the new set set of new senator after May election will be much brighter and a bigger challenge to your iskul bukol mentality..

    .

  • kontra_boohaya

    Sa lokal, gatasan lang ng pondo mga partida. Paano mo i explain yung isang pamilya na tumatakbo mula mayor hangang sa kalahating pagkakonsehal ay nasa iba’t ibang partida pero sama sama nagshoshopping, este, nangongompanya pala.

  • Agat Sumi

    wow galing ng analysis ni Sotto Copy. Ang fav coffee nyan si sotto ay KOPIKO.

  • Gloria Wheelchairroyo

    Walang maniniwala sa Bopols na nagtapos sa iskul bukol kase siguradong nangopya o may kodiko na naman yan.

  • samarutan

    Say your worthless piece in Eat Bulaga, Sen. Copycat! Dabarkads will take your sh_t hook line and sinker.

  • honest man

    If that is the case, I will not be voting for all NPC local candidates here in our place. Neither with UNA candidates. My vote belongs to LP only…hehehe…

  • lex

    SOTTO pang eat bulaga ka lang! Subukan mong kumandidato para mapatunayan mo sa sarili mong WALA KA NANG SILBI!

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    Enrile’s only son Jackie Enrile was a notorious killer who killed several people including alfie anido.

    Let us also not forget about Tito Sotto’s involvement in the Pepsi Paloma and Guada Guarin 1982 rape scandal.

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    Sen. Copycat!!!!

  • mangtom

    Nagpapansin na naman si S-otot copycat.

  • Guest

    naku tito…ala yan simbahan di yan pinakikingan sa eleksyon….obobs ka talaga

  • ewanski tolongges

    Matagal ko ng nabasa itong particular na article na ito. Anong nangyari inquirer? Ni repost at ginawang current ang date? Hmmm

    • josefe38

      PAANO MO NASABING MATAGAL NA ITONG NEWS ITEM NA ITO NA KUNG BASAHIN MO NG MABUTI ANG KABUUAN, TOTOO NAMAN NA NITONG THURSDAY (APRIL 25, 2013) LANG NAG RALLY ANG UNA SA NEGROS ORIENTAL SO CURRENT ANG NEWS NA ITO.

      SIGURO ANG IBIG MONG SABIHIN MATAGAL NG HIWALAY ANG LP AT NPC, SO APER TAYO NYAN, BHA HA HA HAHAH A.

  • UrHONOR

    >>>Sotto: UNA bets benefit from Team PNoy rift<<<

    PLAGIARISM!

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