One Cebu Party led by the Garcia family has broken its alliance with Vice President Jejomar Binay’s United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
Winston Garcia, One Cebu Party president and Cebu gubernatorial candidate, officially announced the party’s decision to cut ties with UNA on Monday. He said the was unanimous among One Cebu Party members.
Garcia said UNA has neglected to include them in their campaign sorties in Cebu province.
“One Cebu entered into an alliance with UNA in the belief that it will be a partnership of equals. UNA treated One Cebu like Imperial Manila treats the rest of the Philippines — with disrespect,” Garcia said, reading the party’s statement.
“Right from the outset, UNA regarded the alliance as nothing more than a marriage of convenience,” he added.
One Cebu Party forged an alliance with UNA in February and declared its support for Binay.
Binay said he respects One Cebu’s decision and he remains optimistic that the two parties will be able to resolve their differences.
“Alam niyo hindi nga kami nagkakausap, iyon nga ho ang nangyari rito…kung meron mang pagkukulang e hindi ko ho nalalaman iyon [You know we do not even talk, that is what happened here…if there were shortcomings, I did not know of them].”
He said that re-electionist Cebu third district Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia remains a member of UNA.
Cebu province has 2.7 million registered voters.
Binay however gave assurances that he will continue with his plans for the province if he is elected President.
“But let me just assure you, people of Cebu, that [I will pursue] the promises and commitments I made when I become president. Firstly, I will establish a Malacañang in Cebu,” he said.