Battle lines drawn for 2013 elections

Posted at 07/05/2012 7:15 PM | Updated as of 07/17/2012 10:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Battle lines may have been drawn for the 2013 mid-term elections, with President Benigno Aquino's ruling Liberal Party (LP) likely joining forces with his uncle Danding Cojuangco's Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) and former rival Sen. Manny Villar's Nacionalista Party (NP) for the 2013 elections.

The Aquino-Cojuangco-Villar political alliance -- if it pushes through, will face the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of Vice-President Jejomar Binay's PDP-Laban and former President Joseph Estrada's Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP).

Aquino has described as "very, very successful" the talks between LP, NPC, and NP on the possibility of fielding a common senatorial lineup for next year's mid-term elections.

Nacionalista Party spokesperson Robert Ace Barbers said he does not see any problem forging an alliance with the LP and the NPC.

"Our party is open to any coalition partners, as long as we coalesce on the bases of party programs, party policies and ideologies we are advocating," Barbers told ANC  Thursday.

"We don't just want to coalesce for the reason of we want personalities," he added.

Valenzuela City Rep. Rex Gatchalian, the spokesman for the NPC, is bullish about the proposed alliance.

"There was a meeting of the minds, and our parties decided to engage others because we share common platforms, visions," he said.

Gatchalian said the 3 parties have common political ideals.

"If you look at our relationship in the lower House, the NPC and the LP have been pushing for the same legislative agenda," he said. "We share the same vision of economic growth."

"There was a meeting of the minds that maybe, we can come up with a working coalition for the upcoming elections," he added.

He said the proposed alliance will strengthen the 3 parties, including the NPC, which has not been deploying a full 12-man slate in previous senatorial elections.

"We believe that our people, our candidates who will for the senatorial elections will complement their candidates," Gatchalian said.

"Given that the LP and the NP have common principles, party visions, and missions, we are optimistic in working with them in the upcoming elections," he reiterated. - with ANC