Legarda: NP, NPC to announce 'great alliance'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 17 2009 07:56 AM | Updated as of Nov 17 2009 11:26 PM

MANILA - Sen. Loren Legarda on Tuesday confirmed that the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) is signing an alliance with the Nacionalista Party of Sen. Manuel Villar.

"Ayaw kong pangunahan ang magiging announcement. Magkakaroon ng magandang alyansa para sa ating bansa (I don't want to pre-empt the announcement. There will be a great alliance for our country)," Legarda told radio dzMM.

Legarda said she did not want to preempt the announcement of "the would-be president of the Philippines," referring to NP's presidential candidate, Villar.

The anticipated announcement of Villar-Legarda tandem will be held at the real estate tycoon's recently acquired property, the Laurel House in Mandaluyong City at 3:30 p.m..

Legarda said she has been invited to attend the event to witness the merger of platforms of government between the two political parties.

A member of Villar's camp has also confirmed to abs-cbnNEWS.com that the tandem for the 2010 elections has been sealed.

A day before the supposed announcement, Legarda signed a resolution with 11 other senators seeking the dismissal of ethics charges against Villar in connection with the C-5 Road extension project.

The vice-presidential aspirant was among those who pushed the ethics complaint filed by Sen. Jamby Madrigal against Villar.

Villar was able to convince Legarda to be his running mate while the Lakas-Kampi-CMD was courting the lady senator to run in tandem with its standard-bearer Gilbert Teodoro.

After the falling out of coalition talks between NPC and Lakas-Kampi-CMD, Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno announced that TV host Edu Manzano had accepted the offer of running with Teodoro as the party's vice-presidential candidate.