PDP-Laban to leave UNA, alliance with LP possible

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Monday, March 3, 2014


WITH Vice President Jejomar Binay out of the picture, Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas-Laban (PDP-Laban) president Senator Aquilino Pimentel III said his party is free to bolt the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

UNA, an alliance between PDP-Laban and the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) of former President and incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, was formed during the 2013 midterm elections.

To recall, then senatorial candidate Pimentel declined his spot in the UNA senatorial line-up, after the political party's heads insisted on including former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri as one of its candidates. Pimentel had filed an electoral protest against Zubiri in connection with the 2007 polls.

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"If the VP will leave PDP-Laban, we will now officially communicate with UNA na aalis rin kami sa coalition agreement with PMP. We are free to enter into other coalition agreements with other political parties," Pimentel told reporters.

"I would think the prevailing sentiment is to disengage the party from existing coalitions so we will be free to enter into new arrangements in due time," he said.

Asked whether PDP-Laban is considering forming an alliance with the ruling Liberal Party (LP), Pimentel said: "Everything is open now."

Pimentel ran under the Team PNoy coalition in the 2013 polls.

"Madali naman natanggap iyon. He has been inactive in running the party. He has concentrated his efforts on UNA, which is different from PDP-Laban. UNA is the umbrella organization," Pimentel said of Binay.

Over the weekend, it was reported that Binay is leaving the PDP-Laban to form a new political party. The new party will be introduced on June 12, Independence Day.

"While I do not like to have a split, we have to accept the realities. There are many instances, the leaders in particular, where we are divided in our affiliations during the time of elections," Binay said.

Senator Jinggoy Estrada, for his part, said that the PMP will "always be supportive" of Binay, who has been open on his intentions to run for president in the 2016 elections.

"Whether he forms his own political party, I think the PMP will merge with his new political party," Estrada said. (Sunnex)

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