AN administration lawmaker on Sunday declared that a Liberal Party (LP) and Nacionalista Party (NP) coalition would lead to victory in the 2016 presidential polls.
Rep. Jerry Treñas, a member of the ruling LP chaired by President Benigno Aquino 3rd, however, clarified that the statement was his personal position and does not reflect the stand of his party.
Under Trenas’ proposed scheme, Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd will be named as the coalition’s presidential bet, while NP can field its best possible candidate for the vice presidential post.
“I think that an LP-NP team up will be unbeatable in all levels in 2016. This was already proven in 2013 when the two parties worked together in the midterm polls. This will work again in 2016,” Treñas said in a statement.
The LP and NP collaborated in 2013, running against the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of Vice President Jejomar Binay. The administration’s “Team PNoy” senatorial ticket won 9 out of 12 seats.
Western Samar Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento, LP Secretary General. supported Treñas’ idea.
“The party has always been open to a coalition with any political party as in the past, provided that the principles and the platform of government being advocated by the party is not compromised,” Sarmiento said in a text message to The Manila Times.
Treñas said that it would be best for LP to team up with NP, pointing out that both have well-oiled and well-supported political machineries. Both parties also have a deep bench of members who are qualified to run for office in 2016, he added.
“This LP and NP partnership can easily be managed because there is no conflict not only among the personalities in both parties but are also bound by the same ideals and principles in terms of governance and public service,” he explained.