The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) on Saturday said it is confident of victory as it held its final campaign in Makati City to make one last appeal to the public to elect its standard-bearer, Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday.
“We’re going to win. We don’t need to join anybody. If they want to join us they’re welcome,” Binay’s campaign adviser Ronaldo Puno, a former Interior Secretary, said in an interview.
On Friday, President Benigno Aquino 3rd called on other presidential candidates to stop survey frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte from winning the elections.
However, Sen. Grace Poe rejected the call for unity.
The party’s senatorial candidates made their final call for support on Saturday.
Sulu Sultanate Princess Jacel Kiram, who is pushing for the unity of Christians and Muslims and who has included the country’s territorial claim on Sabah as part of her platform, expressed gratitude for the opportunity given to her by Binay.
“Alam na po ng sambayanang Pilipino ang pinaglalaban po ni Princess Jacel Kiram at dahil diyaan, itinuturing ko po ang aking sarili na panalo na. Sapagkat nalaman na po ng sambayanang Pilipino na meron po tayong teritoryo that earns $72 billion at ipaglalaban na po ito ng bawat Pilipino dahil dapat ang teritoryo ng Pilipinas tayo lang pong mga Pilipino ang makinabang at hindi po ang mga dayuhan [The Filipino nation already knows what Princess Jacel Kiram is fighting for and because of that, I consider myself a winner already. Because the Filipino nation now knows that we have a territory that earns $72 billion and they will fight for it because only us Filipinos should benefit from our territory and not foreigners],” Kiram said.
As the country heads to polls, Binay called for unity and reconciliation.
“Sa Lunes, ika-siyam ng Mayo, isang mahalagang yugto ng ating kasaysayan ang isusulat ng ating mamamayan. Magpapasya ang sambayanan kung itutuloy natin ang kasalukuyang pamamahala kung saan namamayani ang kapabayaan at kapalpakan. Kung tuluyan nating isasadlak ang ating kinabukasan sa pamamayani ng isang mala-diktador na duguan ang mga kamay, at walang ginagalang kungdi ang sarili. Kung tatanggapin natin ang minsan nang tumalikod sa ating bayan kapalit ng ipinangakong ginhawa ng ibang bansa [On Monday, May 9, our citizens will write an important chapter of our history. The nation will decide if we will continue the current leadership where negligence and failure prevail. If we will place our future in the bloody hands of a dictator-like leader, and who respects no one but himself. If we will accept someone who has once turned his back on our nation in exchange of the relief promised by another country],” he said.
He vowed that his leadership will be able to unite the people and guide the nation towards progress.
“Sisimulan na natin ang pagbabagong magpapausbong ng pagkakaisa, ng pagpapalakas at paggalang sa ating mga demokratikong institusyon, ng paghilom ng mga lumang sugat ng pulitika at magbibigay ng ginhawa sa matagal nang nagdurusang mamamayan [We will begin the change that will spur unity, strengthen our democratic institutions, the healing of old wounds inflicted by politics and lift the long suffering of citizens],” Binay said.
“Naging matindi po ang palitan ng masasakit na akusasyon hindi lamang ng mga kandidato kundi ng kanilang mga kapanalig. Sana po, pagkatapos ng eleksyon, ay magkakasundong muli ang lahat [The exchange of hurtful accusations have been intense not only by candidates but also by their supporters. I hope, after the elections, everyone will reconcile once more],” he added.
UNA said that Binay chose to hold his miting de avance in Makati “where he was able to successfully implement pro-poor programs and improve the lives of his constituents.”
Binay, who has built his platform of governance upon the achievements of Makati under his leadership, vowed to replicate nationwide what he has done for the city if he is elected President.