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Villar: NP being wooed
by two political parties


The Nacionalista Party is being wooed to coalesce with the Liberal Party and the United Nationalists Alliance in the 2013 elections, former Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar said Saturday.

Villar, who was in Bacolod as guest speaker of the Rotary Club of Bacolod Saturday, said her husband, NP president and Senator Manny Villar, and other NP senators, are now consulting their members nationwide, if they need to coalesce with other political parties.

Deputy Speaker Lorenzo Tañada earlier said they are considering an alliance with the NP, Nationalist People’s Coalition, and the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino.

Senator Villar, who is now on his last term as senator, said they are not in a hurry to coalesce with any political party, also stressing that their group is prepared to “stand on its own”. He lost to Benigno Aquino III in the 2010 presidential elections.

Mrs. Villar was reported to be included in the senatorial line up of the UNA of Vice-President Jejomar Binay and former President Joseph Estrada.

Whatever is the decision of the majority, it will be known two weeks from now, Mrs. Villar, said.

Mrs. Villar also brushed aside criticisms that she is using the Villar Foundation, a non-stock, non-profit organization, that is appearing in television advertisements , as a launching pad for her senatorial bid in next year’s election.

Defending the advertisement of the family-owned foundation, that is now marking its 20th year, Mrs. Villar said, “Maybe it is not bad to inform the people about what we are doing for 20 years”. In fact, she added, there are so many who are applying for jobs in their livelihood projects, which have already benefitted more than 500 indigent families in Las Pinas.

Those who are benefitting from it want to expand it, Villar said, adding, “We should even proud of it”.

The Villar Foundation is providing livelihood projects to its residents in Las Pinas, such as water lily weaving, which clogged rivers in Metro Manila, by processing them into slippers, bags, baskets and furnitures, among others. It is also helping distressed overseas Filipino workers.*GPB

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