Thursday, November 22, 2018
Close  
  • share this

UNA drops 3 senatorial bets, says campaign manager

Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, senator Loren Legarda, former MTRCB chairperson Grace Poe-Llamanzares. INQUIRER/INQUIRER.NET FILE PHOTOS

IBA, Zambales — Vice President Jejomar Binay’s political coalition has dropped Senators Francis Escudero and Loren Legarda, and Grace Poe-Llamanzares from its senatorial ticket, the party’s campaign manager said here Thursday.

Navotas Representative Toby Tiangco of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) said the coalition was “no longer obligated to include” the three candidates in its slate.

ADVERTISEMENT

“It is clear that they have made up their minds. We need to move on,” he said in a statement.

“We have held on to their assurances that they will join us sooner or later. Unfortunately, none of them have taken any concrete move or extended any meaningful gesture to assure us that they will live up to their commitments.”

FEATURED STORIES

“We would have wanted and were looking forward to having them join our nine UNA candidates in our rallies and sorties,” he said.

The party has ” tried our best to acommodate them,” said Tiangco.

He criticized one of the three who made “public statements… ruling out participation in UNA events.”

None of the three candidates has appeared in any of UNA’s campaign sorties, including its proclamation rally in Cebu.

Tiangco has likened their relationship with their then shared candidates to be “parang dalawa kayong nanliligaw, at yung nililigawan pumayag makipag-date sa dalawa.”

“Okay lang naman sa iyo. Pero biglang sasabihin, sorry pero sa Valentine’s Day doon muna ako sa isa makipag-date. Pwede bang proxy ko na lang ang makipag-date sa yo?” he said.

Legarda and Llamanzares have consistently sent representatives to UNA’s sorties but the coalition has lambasted Escudero’s failure to do so.

ADVERTISEMENT

In an earlier statement, Tiangco questioned why Escudero could not send a proxy as dictated by “basic etiquette, respect and courtesy.”

The campaign trail is on its second week and UNA is on its fourth campaign rally, its first being the proclamation rally in Cebu, followed by a sortie in Bohol.

This week, UNA has visited Pampanga and is making its way to hold sorties in Zambales on Thursday and Bataan on Friday.

UNA senatorial candidate Nancy Binay said she would personally give the then common candidates until the end of February but the coalition put its foot down before the end of the week.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: 2013 elections, Elections, Francis Chiz Escudero, Grace Poe, Loren Legarda, Politics, UNA
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
entertainment

Rapper 6ix9ine innocent of racketeering charges

November 22, 2018 07:11 PM

newsinfo

Masungi Georeserve lauded for conservation efforts

November 22, 2018 07:05 PM

entertainment

Kris Aquino sues brother of ex-project manager for cyberlibel

November 22, 2018 06:51 PM



© Copyright 1997-2018 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.