Cash-strapped UNA ‘riding bicycles,’ says Tiangco

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MANILA, Philippines—In the mad dash to election day, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) will be greatly hobbled by its inability to air television commercials featuring all its nine senatorial candidates together.

UNA campaign manager Toby Tiangco said the opposition alliance, unable to raise funds, would not be putting out group TV ads even in the crucial last days before May 13 and it would be up to the individual candidates to pay for their own commercials.

Tiangco said UNA could not compete with the administration Team PNoy when it came to flooding the airwaves and acknowledged that this gave the ruling coalition a clear advantage since television was a major campaign arena.

“Definitely they have a bigger advantage. We’re trying to make up by holding more sorties, longer sorties,” he said in a phone interview.

“TV is it. But going on sorties is the next best thing to TV. If you want to buy a car but cannot afford it, you ride a bicycle. We can only afford a bicycle. What can we do?”

Candidates normally unleash a barrage of commercials in the final sprint, in the hope that this would keep them top of mind when voters go to the polls. But this does not come cheap—

a 30-second prime time ad costs at least P500,000.

Aside from the individual advertisements of Team PNoy candidates, commercials featuring President Aquino calling on voters to elect the 12-member administration slate continue to air regularly.

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  • brunogiordano

    “UNA campaign manager Toby Tiangco said the opposition alliance, unable to raise funds,…”

    wawa naman kayo.

    bakit hindi humingi sa mga TATAY.

    ‘yong isang TATAY, CONVICTED MANDARAMBONG daming pera.

    kay TATAY DAMASO malamang kayo pa ang higian.

  • jpastor

    Come of it Tiangco. Masyado mo naman mukhang kinakawawa ang team mo na alang pera e mga bilyornario ang mga yan. Sabihin mo walang tiwala sa isat-isa ang UNA at walang mag-bank-roll ng kandidatura niyo to the end. Si Binay gusto lang anak niya lumabas at ganun din sina ex-con-disgraced-ex-president erap at martial law enforcer jpe.
    Riding bicycle my ahrse.

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    KUMITA NA ‘YAN TOBY. LOOK AT YOU, ERAP, JPE AND BINAY!!! PURO KASI KAYO MGA SEGURISTA!

  • kruger

    Me kasabihan: Bolahin mo ang Lelong mong panot!

  • ernievictory

    ‘unable to raise funds ?’mga tatay ng ilan sa mga senatoriables ng UNA ay magnanakaw at mandarambong tapos sasabihin mo mauubusan kayo ng datung ? sinungaling ka talaga tiangco. buti pa ay magtinda ka na lang ng taho …

  • regd

    If you believe this, you are the brightest and smartest person in the entire planet. People go to great lengths to con people, and some people go to great lengths to keep giving it to them.

  • divictes

    Now this is dangerous… If this campaign has turned them into paupers, they will fiercely recoup their expenses if they win by raiding the national coffers.

  • padrefaura

    Natatawa ako dito. Maglalagay ang inquirer ng article mocking UNA, tapos yung mga paid posters, babanatan ang UNA. Buko na style nyo!

  • Pulokoy

    paawa effect?? kumita na yan

  • JosephNess

    lubhang ang pinoy raw ay maawain, kaya itong si toba ay humihingi ng awa para iboto ang mga candidato nya…kumita na yan tiong…ibang gimik naman, yong medyo masaya para naman ma-entertain ang mga tao…

  • boshog

    Tiangco you are full of BS. Why not ask the Binay clan for some cash infusion. Nancy will recoup it anyway when she is elected. Binay gave away land. How about give the party much needed cash that I am sure Binay has lots and lots of it.

  • bongarroyo

    naubusan ng pondo panay kasi score ni tionggo ng bato…

  • siegfeil

    kaawawa naman…..sige iboto ninyo sila para sama sama tayo sa kahirapan pero sila nakatago ang mga kayamanan.

  • enchong

    Kawawa naman ang team UNA, sa bandang huli tiyak kulelat na sila. Iyong huling kabit ay siyang MANO kaya ang UNA talagang mangungulelat na.

  • penoy2012

    Ang naka pwesto, walang limit sa pondo.

  • Dy Pailad

    Nagpapalusot na ang UNA dahil alam na na talo kunwari kinapos sa budget ang dahilan. Sabihin lang ni Binay na anak nya kayong lahat tiyak lusot kayo, may bayad ba yon?

  • $26606290

    Bisikletahin nyo yung mukha nyo.
    Sugapa kasi kayo sa pera. Ayaw maglabas ng di maisahan ng kakampi.

  • jorgecapulejr

    Alam nang talo e. Kaya kanya kanyang ka-kuriputan na.

  • Alfred Jimenez

    vote straight lp

  • lolo_Jose

    TALAGANG si Tobias hindi kapani paniwala lumalabas sa bunganga!!!
    Sabihin mo nga sino sa mga kandidato ng United Nakaw Alliance ang hindi
    milyonaryo o bilyonaryo kaya?

    Kaya Tobias wag ka ng magsinungaling pa eh kilala na ng taong bayan
    ang mga kandidato nio..

    NO TO BIGNAY!!!
    NO TO JV EJERCITO!!!
    NO TO ENRILE!!!
    NO TO UNA!!!

  • Noel

    How GMA spoiled her team and used all the government funds and resources is now being done by this Pnoy administration. If it’s not hypocrisy, then what?

    • Jane Tan

      Lol… don’t look now… meron na naniwala na wala nang pera ang mga malalakas na magnanakaw sa bansa.

    • Jane Tan

      Sa dami ng kotse na may mukha ni Jack Enrile, maniniwala ka na wala silang pera?

      Sa tingin mo ba merong hinde Enrile na maglalagay ng mukha ni Jack sa kotse nila?

  • noypisiTED

    Nauubusan ng campaign donors. Talagang ganyan, at alam ito ng mga campaign planners n’yo, walang namumuhunan sa mga patalong kandidato, hehehe.

  • boboposter

    The Big Lie – a propaganda technique where the more ridiculous and absurd the lie, the more people will believe it because of the assumption that no one can bend the truth with that kind of impudence.

    Bike? UNA? Fits right in the above description. Si Binay lang, naka wang wang pa sa Makati eh!

  • Jane Tan

    Ah alam ko na… hinde nila kasi pwede gamitin ang mga ninakaw nila na pera… at baka madamay sila. If they can only use the money they obtained legitimately, its obvious that they are poor.

  • pcosmachine

    VOTE FOR TEAM PNOY FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

    VOTE STRAIGHT LP (12-0) FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE!

    TEAM PNOY AND LP FOR A LANDSLIDE (12-0) WIN!

  • Jay Alvin Madrigal

    At this point it’s hard to know who to believe. A ruling coalition who spend millions upon millions in advertisements and promises, or an “enlightened” (note the quotation) opposition who choose to play the self-pity and whine card.

  • http://twitter.com/UrsulaColl Ursula Coll

    Importante sakin yung integridad ng isang kandidato kaya si Jamby Madrigal nanguna sa listahan ko

  • http://twitter.com/IsaIsaac1 Isa Isaac

    Hindi makakaporma ang mga corrupt politicians kapag nakapasok ulit si Jamby Madrigal sa senado.Kaya iboto natin siya

  • nes911

    Sign of surrender or defeat? Puro kasi shady ang characters ng mga kandidato nyo. Lalo na yung 3 kings kuno.

  • http://www.facebook.com/erick.labandia Erick Labandia

    GANYAN ANG MASANG PILIPINO’MAGPAKOMBABA D TULAD NG TEAM PINOY PERA ANG PENAPAERAL PERO ANG LALABAS DYAN SA ELECTION ANG UNA SENATORYAL ANG MANANALO PUSTAHAN TYO SOLID KAYA ANG UNA SA BUONG PILIPINAS?PERO KONG MAY HELLO BRILLIANTES WALA NA TALO NG UNA???SANA WALA PARA PATAS ANG LABANAN???MAGMATYAG KAYO MGA MASANG PILIPINO SA MAY 13 ELECTION KONG MAY HELLO BRILLIANTES GUERA NA???

  • http://www.facebook.com/erick.labandia Erick Labandia

    HWAG KANG MAG LALA TOBY DHIL SA MAY 13 ELECTION ANG MANOK NYO ANG MANANALO DHIL ANG PUSO NYO AY PARA SA MGA MAHIHIRAP SANA WALANG HELLO BRILLIUANTES KAMI ANG SUMABAYBAY SA BUONG LUGAR NG PILIPINAS DHIL UPDATED ANG MGA SUPORTERS NYO SA BUONG PILIPINAS?

    • 33Sambuang2

      puso para sa pagnanakaw .

  • http://www.facebook.com/erick.labandia Erick Labandia

    PANAWAGAN KO PO SA INYO MGA KABABAYANS SA LABAS MAN O SA LOOB NG BANSA NGA HWag IBOBOTO ANG TEAM PINOY DHIL HANGANG SALITA LANG SILA AT WALA SA GAWA TULAD NG PRESIDENTE NATIN SALITA LANG SALITA WALA SA GAWA MARAMING PROBLEMA NG PILIPINAS TAPOS ANG INAASIKASO NYA ANG PANGANGAMPANYA SA MGA MANOK NYA?D GANYAN ANG PRESIDENTE SANA IPINAUBAYA NALANG NYA KAY BABOY DRILON DHIL SIYA ANG CAMPAIGN MANAGER????MAY MALAKING PROBLEMA ANG SABAH,ANG SAUDI ARABIA?D NILA PINAèANSIN SO HWAG IBOBOTO ANG TEAM PINOY SA MAY 13 ELECTION,

    • tilney

      Hah hello ..hilo ka siguro..matulog ka muna at paggising mo sa MAY 13, 2013 IBOTO mo Team Pnoy 12-0 heh..

    • 33Sambuang2

      sipain kaya kitang ugok ka.

  • http://www.facebook.com/iyen.dev Iyen Dev

    Who is Toby Addict?

  • BoyBakal

    Cash-strapped UNA ‘riding bicycles,’ says Tiangco….

    This is good for UNA.
    First, it belies the accusation and claims of detractors that the candidates are rich people like Binay, Enrile, Estradas.
    But they are not.
    Second, campaigning with tricycle is good….the candidates are close to the people, meaning they are one of them.
    So, Vote for UNA…poor and pro poor….sariling atin.

    • 33Sambuang2

      pro poor? magnanakaw ang mga ugok na to.

  • 33Sambuang2

    raise funds pa kayo hindi naman mananalo ang mga manok ninyo.

  • mewo_meow

    Cash-strapped? Weh?? Di nga??!!

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