UNA to adopt Chiz, Grace Poe?
MANILA, Philippines – The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) may adopt as guest candidates two possible senatorial bets for the 2013 elections who might also join the ruling Liberal Party (LP), an official of the coalition said.
Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, chairman of the Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino, said UNA may take in Sen. Francis Escudero and Grace Poe-Llamanzares of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board in its slate even if they also become LP candidates.
"If we cannot complete the slate, we will adopt Grace and Chiz," Estrada told reporters on Thursday, noting that UNA only has 10 candidates in its lineup so far.
Escudero, who is leading in pre-election surveys, had said he will join any party that accepts him.
Estrada said UNA's officials met yesterday but did not discuss Escudero. He added, however, that the coalition would be willing to have Escudero in the same way it would support Llamanzares, who is a close friend of the Estradas.
Estrada also pointed out that Escudero is close to UNA's leaders: Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, and former President Joseph Estrada.
"Sen. Escudero is a sure winner whether he decides to run under LP or under UNA," Estrada said