MANILA - The three stalwarts of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) will lead the coalition’s proclamation rally in Cebu tomorrow, February 12.
In a statement, UNA secretary general Toby Tiangco said Vice President Jejomar Binay, former President Joseph Estrada, and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile will formally endorse the coalition’s senatorial bets in the 2013 elections to the more than 2.4 million registered Cebuano voters.
He said UNA chose Cebu also in support of suspended Governor Gwendolyn Garcia. The three leaders earlier went to Cebu while Garcia was still holed up in her office at the Capitol.
Meanwhile, Tiangco also appealed to the Liberal Party to stick to issues that need to be addressed and refrain from sowing intrigues between Binay and President Benigno Aquino.
Aquino’s LP coalesced with other political parties to lead the Team PNoy. Members of both coalitions have been throwing criticisms against each other.
“If we want to see this nation move forward, we have to show political maturity and leave the intrigues behind. This year’s election must not be seen as a proxy war for 2016—this is not between ‘black’ and ‘white’, or ‘yellow’ and the rest of the color spectrum. Ang kalaban natin dito ang kahirapan, ang kawalan ng trabaho, at marami pang iba. Pagod na ang taong bayan sa mga intriga,” Tiangco said.
Team PNoy campaign manager and senator Franklin Drilon claimed there are “yellow pretenders.” Over the weekend, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said there is no need to name the so-called “yellow pretenders” since the public already knows who they are.
Tiangco said UNA is a “constructive opposition,” a responsible partner of the Aquino administration in pushing its reform agenda.
He said the campaign should be a presentation of an alternative legislative agenda that will directly address the current issues besetting the country.
“UNA sees the 2013 election as a historic opportunity to pursue legislation that would translate the reforms being instituted by the Administration. UNA is providing an alternative legislative agenda that will have concrete and tangible gains for our people in the years to come,” he said.
The UNA slate promises to:
- pursue reforms that would improve the lives of the Filipino people;
- pursue a legislative agenda that would advance moral and transparent governance, promote greater accountability;
- improve the delivery of government services;
- encourage entrepreneurship;
- uphold the rights and welfare of women and children and persons with disabilities;
- attract investments and create more job opportunities for the Filipino workforce;
- protect our environment;
- address our people’s need for responsive health, education, and other social services, and,
- achieve food security and energy independence by 2020.