Stop whining, Team PNoy manager tells UNA

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Friday, February 15, 2013


CAVITE -- The campaign manager of administration-backed Team PNoy said the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) should stop whining about the absence of its adopted candidates and start presenting its platform to the voters.

"UNA should stop whining about the failure of its three adopted candidates, and present its platform and what they have done for the people," Team PNoy campaign manager Senator Franklin Drilon said in a text message Friday.

Senatorial candidate Jamby Madrigal, for her part, said UNA has no solid platform to present to the voters. "Ang LP may platform, ang UNA, wala, that's the difference."

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Binay earlier threatened to drop three guest candidates from UNA's line-up if they will continue to snub the coalition's sorties. The guest candidates are re-electionists Senators Francis Escudero and Loren Legarda, and Grace Poe-Llamanzares.

The three senatorial bets are also guest candidates of Team PNoy, a coalition led by the ruling Liberal Party of President Benigno Aquino III.

Legarda and Llamanzares have sent representatives to the UNA kick-off rally held in Cebu Tuesday but Escudero, a known ally of Binay, failed to send his own representative. The three guest candidates were present during Team PNoy proclamation rally held at the Plaza Miranda in Manila.

Meanwhile, the three candidates did not join the political rally of Team PNoy in the vote-rich province of Cavite on Friday.

Presidential cousin Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV, also a candidate of Team PNoy, said that "Team PNoy is very solid" despite its failure in the past campaign days to complete its 12-man slate.

Aquino himself said he may send his wife or brother to some Team PNoy sorties due to his numerous commitments.

"I don't think it weakens the slate because this is not personalistic politics and the sense of unity is the coalition's pursuit of reform agenda," former Akbayan party-list Representative Risa Hontiveros, also a candidate of Team PNoy, added.

Liberal Party senatorial candidate Ramon "Jun" Magsaysay, Jr., a familiar face in politics, however, prefers to connect to the masses during sorties.

Magsaysay added that local bets could be turned off on senatorial candidates who would not show up to their events. "If I were in their (local candidates) place, I will be a little sad," he said.

Aurora Representative Sonny Angara, son of Senator Edgardo Angara, sees no problem with sending representatives.

"There's no problem with that. The coalition expects them to attend but if they're busy, then they could send their representatives," Angara said.

Angara, however, noted the importance of introducing a complete slate to help those who are falling behind in pre-election surveys.

Despite the endorsement of President Aquino, only seven candidates of Team PNoy entered the so-called Magic 12 in the recent survey released by Pulse Asia. They are Legarda, Escudero, Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes IV, Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, former Las Piñas City representative Cynthia Villar, and Angara. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)

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