UNA eyes alliance with Nacionalista Party

By Helen Flores, The Philippine Star

Posted at Apr 09 2015 08:50 AM | Updated as of Apr 09 2015 04:50 PM

MANILA - The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) is looking at forging alliances with other political parties, including those in the opposition, for the May 2016 national elections, Vice President Jejomar Binay said yesterday.

“We will be offering coalitions with the oppositions of the past,” he said.

In an interview at the National Social Welfare and Development Forum in Pasay City, Binay said the Nacionalista Party is one of the parties being considered in the alliance. UNA will likely be launched in June, he added.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has accredited UNA as a political party, which may participate in the 2016 polls.

UNA was founded in 2010 through a coalition agreement between Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

Earlier, Binay said he welcomes support from members of other political parties, including the Liberal Party (LP), for his presidential bid.

Binay has topped surveys on the Filipinos’ presidential preference for 2016. He said earlier that he expects the attacks against him and his family to worsen in order to destroy his chances of becoming president in 2016.

However, he would not be dissuaded from running for the highest position in the land, he added.
Lacson-Poe in 2016

In a television interview, former senator Panfilo Lacson said he is open to running for president in 2016 with Sen. Grace Poe as his running mate.

“We are considering that,” he said in Filipino. “The important thing is to have support. Without support, why would you run?”

Lacson made the statement after a manifesto of several retired police and military officials came out in different newspapers expressing support for a Lacson-Poe tandem.

Lacson said he is also willing to run as Poe’s vice president or seek another term in the Senate.

“Everything can be discussed,” he said in Filipino.

He can also continue his life as private citizen, he added.

During the interview, Lacson reiterated his support for President Aquino despite the current issues hounding him.

Read more on The Philippine Star