With less than two years before the 2016 presidential polls, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of Vice President Jejomar Binay has officially applied before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday to be recognized as a registered political party.
“It is respectfully prayed that, after due notice, publication and hearing, this petition be approved by the Honorable Commission and that, upon such approval, a certificate of registration as a National Political Party be issued to Petitioner with all rights appurtenant thereto,” UNA President and Navotas City (Metro Manila) Rep. Tobias Tiangco said in a six-page petition to the Comelec dated November 5.
In 2012, UNA was only accredited by the Comelec as a “political coalition” between the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino of now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan of Binay.
In the petition submitted to the Comelec, Tiangco stands as president of the interim national offices, with Sen. Gregorio Honasan as vice president, lawyer JV Bautista as secretary general, Gary Teves as treasurer and Maribert Pagente as corporate secretary.
The petition said UNA is an organized group of Filipino citizens, aiming to build a fair and just society, where the benefits of progress are spread widely to all.
“It has adopted a ‘Pro-Poor Governance and Ideology’ platform that will govern its principles and policies for the general conduct of government,” it added.
Also attached to the petition are UNA’s Constitution and By-Laws, Platform of Government, Vision and Mission Statement, Political Ideology and Code of Political Ethics.
Under Section 60 of the Omnibus Election Code, registration with the Comelec is necessary so that a political party can acquire juridical personality, and entitle it to the rights and privileges granted to political parties.
The law also provides that no religious sect shall be registered as a political party and that no political party, which seeks to achieve its goal through violence, shall be entitled to accreditation.