UNA eyes pact with LDP, Nacionalista

Posted at 04/16/2012 9:37 AM | Updated as of 04/16/2012 1:31 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The United Nationalist Alliance confirms they are currently in talks for a possible team-up with the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino and the Nacionalista Party.

If that happens, Congressman Sonny Angara of the LDP might be included in the UNA senatorial slate with Nacionalista stalwarts, former Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar, Surigao del Norte Rep. Ace Barbers and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano.

Former Senate President Ernesto Maceda earlier said the UNA is looking at a candidate's "winnability, integrity and platform."

He said there are 17 possible Senate bets in the shortlist including 4 re-electionists includin Francis Escudero, Loren Legarda, Gringo Honasan and Koko Pimentel; and 3 former senators including Juan Miguel Zubiri, Richard Gordon and Jamby Madrigal.

A number of congressmen are also being considered, among them, Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile, San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito and Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay.

Businessman Joey de Venecia, son of former House Speaker Jose de Venecia, is also in the shortlist aside from Valenzuela Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian and the vice-president's daughter, Nancy Binay.

The coalition hopes to finalize its senatorial lineup by July or August.