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‘LP-NP coalition
for convenience’


MANILA – If San Juan Rep. Joseph Victor Ejercito is to be believed, the alliance of the Liberal Party and Nacionalista Party is a “coalition for convenience”.

Ejercito, who is the United Nationalist Alliance spokesman, yesterday claimed that the two dominant parties should not be together, as he described them as “langis at tubig (oil and water)” in policies and principles.

In the 2010 elections, he recalled, LP and NP were destroying each other. Now they are together, so that means that their alliance is a “coalition for convenience”, Ejercito said.

NP president Manuel Villar lost to LP candidate Benigno Aquino III in the 2010 presidential elections.

Villar said Sunday that the LP and NP coalition for the 2013 elections is already a done deal.

They are threshing out the expected problems at the local level, as a result of LP-NP coalition, Villar also said.

Ejercito, however, said the failure of LP to complete its 12 senatorial bets, and its pirating senatorial aspirants from other political parties is a “sign of weakness”.

He added that UNA, which is composed of PDP-Laban and Partido ng Masang Pilipino headed by Vice President Jejomar Binay and former President Joseph Estrada, is a formidable team.

“We have Erap, Binay and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile who can match, if not surpass, the baron party endorser of LP,” Ejercito said, apparently referring to President Aquino.

Ejercito had earlier aired a proposal for an LP-UNA coalition so that the reform agenda of President Aquino will be easier to implement. He, however, said this is easier said than done, adding that “it is almost impossible,” as the LP has its own political agenda.

Quoting the LP as saying that they don’t need UNA, Ejercito said, “It only shows their character that they are more concerned with their political agenda”.

Ejercito, who is running for senator under the UNA slate, said other candidates of their political party are, Rep. Mitos Magsaysay, former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, Rep. Jack Enrile, Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, former Senator Ernesto Maceda.

The NP senatorial candidates in the coalition with LP include former Las Piñas representative Cynthia Villar, re-electionist Antonio Trillanes, Alan Cayetano and Robert Ace Barbers, Senator Villar said.*GPB

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