UNA launch not impressive


Stalwarts of the administration-backed\ Liberal Party are not impressed with the recent launch of the opposition party United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) led by Vice President Jejomar Binay. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Iloilo City Rep. Jerry Treñas and Quezon City Rep. Bolet Banal are all convinced that the launch did not send a message that UNA is a force to reckon with. “It wasn’t an impressive affair. Sila-sila rin nandun (There are no new faces there),” Belmonte, vice chairman of the LP, said. “I don’t see the Vice President’s attacks [on the Aquino administration]as a class act, especially because he has been with the administration for five years,” Banal, who is Deputy Majority Leader, pointed out. “Elections are still far away. Whether UNA can beat the Liberals will really depend on the campaign, issues, candidates and political leaders who will join each of the party,” Treñas added. UNA president and Navotas Rep. Tobias Tiangco refused to call UNA’s launch as impressive. “We are happy and satisfied with the outcome and attendance,” Tiangco said.


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