MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Former Senators Richard Gordon and Ernesto Maceda will be part of the United Nationalist Alliance's (UNA) senatorial slate in the 2013 midterm elections, a spokesman of the alliance said Tuesday.
|Former Senators Richard Gordon and Ernesto Maceda
UNA spokesperson Atty. JV Bautista, in an interview with Lynda Jumilla on "ANC Presents: Road to 2013," said the political bloc led by Vice-President Jejomar Binay and former President Joseph Estrada now has 9 names in its senatorial lineup.
Those on UNA's ticket so far are Gordon, Maceda, Senator Gringo Honasan, Rep. Jack Enrile, Rep. JV Ejercito, Joey De Venecia, Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia, Rep. Mitos Magsaysay, and former Senator Migz Zubiri.
Bautista said UNA's leaders are still considering other personalities for its senatorial slate.
The names on the shortlist include Valenzuela Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian, former Senator Jamby Madrigal, Nancy Binay, Rep. Teddy Casiño, lawyer Romy Macalintal, and actress Alma Moreno.
Bautista said Senator Koko Pimentel, who has left UNA because of his political feud with Zubiri, is at the moment "not the president" of PDP-Laban that is part of the alliance.
He said Pimentel has taken a leave from PDP-Laban.
"No demoralization in PDP-Laban. When members found out Vice President Binay would take an active role in the party, everybody was energized," Bautista said.
"PDP-Laban is functioning efficiently. We've set aside a potentially disruptive situation," he said.
He added that they are "glad" that Pimentel announced he will run with President Benigno Aquino's Liberal Party.
"You can't tolerate a situation where one of the leaders of UNA or PDP-Laban will run under another political party," he said.
Bautista also said that Senator Loren Legarda, who is among those leading surveys ahead of the elections, wants to run under UNA's banner.
"Senator Loren Legarda has made clear her intention to run with UNA," he said. "It will be announced in a grander manner."
Bautista also said the 2013 elections will serve as a curtain raiser for the 2016 national elections. - with ANC