The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) will be officially launched as an opposition political party next week in Makati City.
UNA interim secretary general JV Bautista said the launching will be held on July 1, or about four months after the political party was registered and accredited with the Commission on Elections (COMELEC).
The party’s coordinators from all over the country are expected to be present.
“You will not just see politicians. Hindi lang yung nakaupo lang na opisyal na mga pulitiko (Not just politicians who are currently holding office), but you will see a very heavy and strong representation of sectoral officials. We do not want to be perceived as a traditional party but a mass-based and grassroots political party,” Bautista said.
Although the party has yet to fill up its slate and its chairman has yet to be named, UNA officers will be announced during the event.
The launch is said to be an opportunity for Vice President Jejomar Binay to share with the public how he wants to lead the nation if he is elected president in next year’s polls.
Binay, after his resignation, has more time to strengthen the party and focus on major issues the Philippines is facing like the problematic Metro Rail Transit, Bangsa¬moro Basic Law, the Mamasapano tragedy and the Disbursement Acceleration Program.
UNA officials said they still want to keep political alliances especially with Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and his Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) and Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr. and his Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC). They said the party is not bothered by Sen. Grace Poe’s high survey ratings or the possibility that she will be endorsed by President Aquino.