MANILA, Philippines?The alliance between the Nacionalista Party (NP) and the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) has ended almost as soon as it began, after two militant senatorial candidates made the breakup a precondition for their joining the NP lineup for the 2010 elections.
But officially, the NP said the relationship was set aside due to issues on the part of the KBL.
Gilbert Remulla, NP spokesperson and senatorial candidate, said Tuesday the NP-KBL alliance ?has been set aside due to issues internal to the KBL.?
KBL member Rep. Ferdinand ?Bongbong? Marcos Jr., however, will remain on the NP senatorial lineup as a guest candidate, Remulla said.
?Inasmuch as the NP-KBL alliance has been questioned, it is now replaced by the adoption of Rep. Bongbong Marcos as a Nacionalista Party official senatorial candidate,? said Remulla in a statement.
The breakup should pave the way for the entry into the NP senatorial slate of party-list Representatives Satur Ocampo of Bayan Muna and Liza Maza of Gabriela.
Ocampo said the collapse of the NP-KBL alliance increased the chances that he and Maza would join the NP senatorial slate as guest candidates.
?That?s one stumbling block less to the possibility of our acceptance of adoption [by the party]. We might have a mutual adoption,? said Ocampo Tuesday.
The militant lawmakers who had initially planned to run under the NP had reconsidered after the party forged an alliance with the KBL.
The whirlwind affair of the NP and KBL began on Nov. 20 when Marcos showed up at NP headquarters in Mandaluyong City and was declared one of the party?s senatorial candidates by standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar.
Villar and Marcos signed a ?coalition agreement? to form ?a united front against poverty.?
Marcos had welcomed the prospect of working with activists like Ocampo, who was imprisoned by the martial law regime of his father in 1972.
?Despite what differences we may have and other things, the main issues we agree on [are] what?s important,? Marcos had said.
In a phone interview, Remulla said the KBL, the party of fiercely loyal followers of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, was beset with ?leadership and organizational issues.?
?We?the NP and Representative Marcos?dropped the alliance mutually because they have their own internal problems, but we also agreed to adopt him as a senatorial candidate,? Remulla said.
Remulla said the move would boost ongoing negotiations to bring Ocampo and Maza into the NP senatorial slate.
Ocampo and Maza had filed their certificates of candidacy as independent senatorial candidates under Makabayan, a coalition formed by militant groups as their political vehicle for the 2010 elections.
?In this case, we like to look at it as things falling into place. When it comes to our working relationship with Makabayan or Bayan Muna, then it?s like hitting two birds with one stone,? Remulla said.