Ex-senator bares UNA’s senatorial slate for 2013

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

FORMER senator Juan Miguel Zubiri bared the initial senatorial lineup of the United Alliance (UNA) party for the May 2013 elections.

UNA is a coalition between the PDP-Laban party of Vice President Jejomar Binay and the Partido ng Masang Pilipino of former President Erap Estrada.

The Nacionalista Party of Manny Villar and the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) were also invited to join UNA.


The initial list of senators includes Zubiri himself, incumbent senators Francis Escudero, Loren Legarda, Gregorio Honasan and Koko Pimentel, former senators Richard Gordon and Ernesto Maceda, Representative JV Ejercito (San Juan) and Representative Jack Enrile (Cagayan).

Zubiri disclosed that UNA has invited Representative Mitos Magsaysay (Zambales) to also join its senatorial slate.

The party has also reserved three slots for the Nacionalista Party, which might include former Marikina representative Cynthia Villar and re-electionist Senator Allan Peter Cayetano.

Though those in the list are closely identified with the Aquino administration, they are not that comfortable with the President's Liberal Party (LP), said Zubiri who has already thrown his support for Binay when he runs for president in the 2016 presidential elections.

When asked how he feels to be in the same party with Koko Pimentel who won against him in an electoral protest, Zubiri said he has already made peace with Pimentel and that, for the sake of Mindanao, he told Pimentel that they should not continue fighting each other.

Zubiri expressed confidence that, based on surveys, he already has very good chances in the coming election.

Meanwhile, Zubiri named Senator Edgardo Angara, DOJ Secretary Leila Delima, re-electionist Antonio Trillanes, DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman, former Isabela governor Grace Padaca and Representative Erin Tañada as possible senatorial candidates of the Liberal Party.

He also relayed reports that Mar Roxas might not run for senator because he is getting a bigger budget at P22 billion as secretary of Transportation and Communications than a senator who receives a pork barrel of only P200 million per year. (TE)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 13, 2012.

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