LP-UNA coalition not plausible – Palace

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 17 2012 06:55 PM | Updated as of Jul 18 2012 04:16 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang said a coalition between the Liberal Party (LP) and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) "would not be plausible," given "fundamental policy differences" between and among its members.
"Philosophically, there are some members of their slate who are in continuous opposition to the policies of the Aquino administration. You've got fundamental policy differences. A coalition would not likely be a plausible event in that case," presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda told reporters.
He added UNA early on had already closed its doors to other parties. Lacierda is wondering why the idea of a coalition with LP is being floated by some UNA members.
"I think they decided to say, 'Kami lang and no one else.' They have adopted an exclusionary policy in the beginning. And therefore, the LP decided to forge ahead with its coalition," Lacierda said.
Lacierda, however, admitted he is not aware if there are talks between the LP and the UNA.