MANILA, Philippines – The son of former President Joseph Estrada criticized Wednesday the "show of arrogance" of some Liberal Party leaders for questioning a proposed “super coalition” with the United Nationalist Alliance.
San Juan Rep. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, a senatorial bet of the UNA, said he was surprised by the reaction of former LP campaign spokesman and now presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda to his proposal for a super coalition.
“I don’t know if he is the spokesperson of the President because what I said was what was good for the President… I was really surprised by the reaction of the leadership of the Liberal Party, which I think is a show of arrogance on the part of some of their party leaders,” Ejercito told ANC.
Ejercito first proposed the super coalition between LP and UNA, saying there is no clear cut line separating the opposition and the administration parties. Vice-President Jejomar Binay also expressed openness to the proposal, saying the UNA also backs the President's "tuwid na daan."
Ejercito, meanwhile, said the UNA will have a formidable lineup even without a coalition with the LP.
“I also said that [the super coalition] is easier said than done. It is almost impossible because I think both coalitions are already almost set. In fact, UNA, and Governor Gwen Garcia knows this, we are almost complete with our slate so we will still be a formidable lineup with or without a super coalition,” he said.
Lacierda earlier questioned the proposal for a super coalition after the UNA was the first to bare their possible senatorial bets for the 2013 election.
“I thought the UNA was the team to beat, so why are they asking for a coalition with LP? I’m just asking because I remember they claim to be the team to beat so I’m just wondering. So let me ask the LP leadership if they’re willing,” he said.
LP spokesman Erin Tanada, meanwhile, said any possible coalition between the LP and UNA will have to tackle the issue of UNA senatorial bets who are known supporters of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Some of the UNA bets with known ties to Mrs. Arroyo are Mitos Magsaysay, Juan Miguel Zubiri and Gwen Garcia.
Ejercito said the UNA chose candidates based on their track records, and not previous party affiliation.
“As long as they were not in any way connected to the anomalies in the past regime, they were accepted into the party. I think most of us in UNA have our own track records as public servants to back us up. That is why my only message to the LP is – nobody has a monopoly on who can say that they are the ones who serve, Most of us in UNA have solid performances as public servants,” he said.