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The United Nationalist Alliance
United Nationalist Alliance
(UNA) is a political party in the Philippines. It was created as a multi-party electoral alliance replacing the former United Opposition (UNO) coalition for the 2013 midterm elections, before it was launched as a single political party on July 1, 2015 by Jejomar Binay
Jejomar Binay
for his candidacy in the upcoming 2016 presidential election. The acronym "UNA" spells out the Filipino word for "first".

Contents

1 History

1.1 Early Formation, 2013 elections (2012-2015) 1.2 Binay's Presidential Bid (2015-present)

2 Coalition members

2.1 Mainstream party members (Founding Party)

2.1.1 Current 2.1.2 Former

2.2 Affiliated local parties

3 Senatorial candidates

3.1 2013 election 3.2 2016 election

4 Election results

4.1 2013 elections 4.2 2016 elections

5 See also 6 References 7 External links

History[edit] Early Formation, 2013 elections (2012-2015)[edit] The Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino
Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino
(PMP), headed by former president Joseph Estrada, and the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), headed by Vice President Jejomar Binay, signed a coalition agreement on April 4, 2012 for the 2013 elections, forming the United Nationalist Alliance
United Nationalist Alliance
(UNA). The two parties were formerly partners in the United Opposition in the 2007 election, and Estrada and Binay were running mates during the 2010 presidential election. Aquilino Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president, has stated that the UNA's senatorial slate is now more than twelve members and is in the process of trimming down; he had also expressed reservations on the inclusion of Juan Miguel Zubiri, of whom he had won an election protest after the 2007 election.[2] On March 2014, Binay resign as Chairman of PDP-Laban, as result the PMP party the only primary party of UNA banner. Binay's Presidential Bid (2015-present)[edit] Main article: Jejomar Binay
Jejomar Binay
presidential campaign, 2016 On July 1, 2015, Binay relaunched the United Nationalist Alliance
United Nationalist Alliance
as the major opposition party at the Makati
Makati
Colosseum in Makati
Makati
City days after he resigned from the Cabinet of President Noynoy Aquino, despite the absence of Manila
Manila
Mayor Joseph Estrada
Joseph Estrada
which become neutral due to Sen. Grace Poe
Grace Poe
possible presidential bid.[3] Sarangani
Sarangani
Rep. Manny Pacquiao, was touted a possible running mate, but being 37 years old at that time, he was barred by the Philippine constitution's age requirement of 40 years. Senator Bongbong Marcos
Bongbong Marcos
was then considered to be his running mate before settling with Senator Gregorio Honasan, who is also the party's vice president.[4][5] Coalition members[edit] Mainstream party members (Founding Party)[edit] Current[edit]

Bagumbayan–Volunteers for a New Philippines
Philippines
(New Nation-VNP) (since 2012) Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino
Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino
(PMP) Joseph Estrada
Joseph Estrada
wing (since 2012)[6] Nationalist People's Coalition
Nationalist People's Coalition
(NPC) Mark Cojuangco wing Nacionalista Party
Nacionalista Party
(NP) Juan Ponce Enrile
Juan Ponce Enrile
wing Lakas-CMD
Lakas-CMD
(since 2013)

Former[edit]

Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan
Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan
(PDP-Laban) (2012-March 7, 2014) One Cebu (1-Cebu) (2016)

Affiliated local parties[edit]

Asenso Manileño (Progress for Manilans) - Manila Padayon Pilipino (Filipinos Ahead) - Misamis Oriental
Misamis Oriental
and Cagayan
Cagayan
de Oro City Partido Magdiwang (Magdiwang Party) - San Juan City Partido Navoteño (Party of the People of Navotas) - Navotas
Navotas
City People's Champ Movement - Sarangani Team Binay - Makati
Makati
City Team Casimiro - Las Pinas
Las Pinas
City Timpuyog ti Baguio
Baguio
( Baguio
Baguio
Alliance) - Baguio
Baguio
City Timawa
Timawa
- Iloilo
Iloilo
City Padayon Pilipino (PDP) - Cagayan
Cagayan
de Oro Ugyon Kita Capiz
Capiz
(UK CAPIZ) - Capiz Abyan Ilonggo - Iloilo Bukidnon
Bukidnon
Paglaum Party (BPP) - Bukidnon Alliance of Parties for Progress - Zamboanga del Norte Biskeg - Pangasinan Bagong Lakas ng Nueva Ecija (BALANE) - Nueva Ecija Lilia Pineda Kambilan - Pampanga Partido Magdalo - Cavite Team Crisologo (formerly Team Un1ty) - Quezon City
Quezon City
(District 1) Dr. Lito Roxas Team Dr. Roxas - Pasay City

Despite the similarity in names, the local party United Negros Alliance from Negros Occidental
Negros Occidental
is not related nor affiliated to the party. Senatorial candidates[edit] On May 3, 2012, Zubiri took an oath to become a member of the PMP; Estrada and Binay were optimistic that Pimentel and Zubiri will be able to reconcile their differences prior to the start of the campaign.[7] On May 10, 2012, UNA announced its first five senatorial candidates: re-electionist Sens. Aquilino Pimentel III
Aquilino Pimentel III
and Gregorio Honasan, Representatives Jack Enrile and JV Ejercito, and 2010 senatorial candidate Joey de Venecia.[8] On June 11, 2012, UNA formally included Zubiri in its line-up, together with Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia
Gwendolyn Garcia
and Zambales Representative Mitos Magsaysay.[9] On 28 June 2012, Pimentel officially declined his spot in the UNA line-up, citing Zubiri's continued inclusion in it.[10] The UNA announced on August that former senators Dick Gordon and Ernesto Maceda
Ernesto Maceda
were a part of their ticket, and that Senator Loren Legarda would be one of the last three candidates yet to be named in their ticket. UNA spokesperson JV Bautista also said that Pimentel has taken a leave of absence as PDP-Laban's presidency, and that PDP-Laban will not be in Pimentel's certificate of nomination as the latter is running under the Liberal Party.[11] However, Pimentel denied that he took a leave of absence from the PDP-Laban presidency.[12] On the first day of filing of certificates of candidacies, senatorial nominees of UNA filed theirs at the Commission on Elections national offices at Intramuros.[13] Joey de Venecia withdrew from the election as he cited his business endeavors as reasons for his withdrawal; speculation was rife when Lorenzo Tañada III was one of the persons considered to fill in de Venecia's slot in the ticket, but Binay disclosed that Tañada was not in their choices "any more."[14] On October 4, UNA announced that Binay's daughter Nancy was their 12th nominee.[15] On February 21, 2013, UNA dropped Chiz Escudero, Loren Legarda
Loren Legarda
and Grace Poe
Grace Poe
from their senatorial slate as a result of their non-attendance in their political rallies.[16] 2013 election[edit]

Candidate Party Last position in government Relatives in government Elected

Nancy Binay

UNA

No relevant political background Vice President Jejomar Binay
Jejomar Binay
(father), Makati
Makati
mayor Elenita Binay (mother), Makati
Makati
mayor Jun-Jun Binay (brother), congresswoman from Makati
Makati
Abigail Binay (sister)

Tingting Cojuangco

UNA

former governor of Tarlac
Tarlac
(1992–1998) Congressman from Tarlac
Tarlac
Jose Cojuangco, Jr. (husband), congressman from Tarlac
Tarlac
Eduardo Cojuangco, Jr. (cousin), President Benigno Aquino III (nephew), National Youth Commission chairman Bam Aquino
Bam Aquino
(nephew), former Senator Robert Jaworski
Robert Jaworski
(brother-in-law), former Pasig Rep. Robert Jaworski, Jr. (son-in-law)

JV Ejercito

UNA

Incumbent congressman from San Juan's lone district (since 2010) President Joseph Estrada
Joseph Estrada
(father), San Juan mayor Guia Gomez (mother), Senator Jinggoy Estrada
Jinggoy Estrada
(half-brother), Laguna Governor ER Ejercito (cousin)

Jack Enrile

NPC

Incumbent congressman from Cagayan's 1st district (since 2010) Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile
Juan Ponce Enrile
(father), congresswoman from Cagayan
Cagayan
Sally Ponce Enrile (wife)

Richard J. Gordon

UNA

former senator (2004–2010) Olongapo mayor Katherine K. Gordon (wife), Olongapo councilor John Carlos de los Reyes (nephew)

Gregorio Honasan

UNA

Incumbent senator (since 2007) None

Ernesto Maceda

UNA

former senator (1971–1972; 1987–1998) Manila
Manila
4th district councilor Edward VP Maceda (son)

Mitos Magsaysay

UNA

Incumbent congresswoman from Zambales' 1st district (since 2004) Senator Ramon Magsaysay, Jr.
Ramon Magsaysay, Jr.
(uncle-in-law), Zambales
Zambales
governor Vic Magsaysay (father-in-law)

Juan Miguel Zubiri

UNA

former senator (2007–2011) Bukidnon
Bukidnon
vice-governor Jose Ma. R. Zubiri, Jr. (father), congressman from Bukidnon
Bukidnon
Jose Zubiri III (brother)

2016 election[edit] Main article: Philippine general election, 2016 President: Jejomar Binay
Jejomar Binay
(Lost) Vice-President: Gregorio Honasan
Gregorio Honasan
(Lost) Senate Candidates:

Running

Jacel Kiram (Lost) Alma Moreno Lacsamana (Lost) Rey Langit (Lost) Allan Montaño (Lost) Getulio Napeñas (Lost) Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao
(Won)

Election results[edit] 2013 elections[edit] 3 out of 9 candidates won the possible 9 seats in the Senate namely: (in order of votes received)

Nancy Binay JV Ejercito Gregorio Honasan

2016 elections[edit] 1 out of 6 candidates won the possible 6 seats in the Senate namely: (in order of votes received)

Manny Pacquiao

See also[edit]

Genuine Opposition Koalisyon ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino Puwersa ng Masa Team PNoy Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid Partido Galing at Puso

References[edit]

^ Santos, T. (2014). UNA wants to make it official–it’s a party. The Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved October 10, 2017. ^ Sy, Marvin (2012-04-04). "From UNO to UNA, Erap, Binay unite". Philippine Star. Yahoo! Philippines
Philippines
News. Retrieved 2012-04-05.  ^ http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/513906/news/nation/una-kicks-off-party-launch-sans-erap ^ "Binay-Marcos: Perfect combination, says UNA official". Philippine Daily Inquirer. July 30, 2015.  ^ "Honasan as Binay's VP: 'I have always been a good soldier'". Rappler. Retrieved 2015-11-26.  ^ "Estrada, PMP no longer part of UNA, son JV clarifies". Philippine Daily Inquirer. July 1, 2015. Retrieved July 2, 2015.  ^ Evangelista, Kate; Burgonio, TJ (2012-05-03). "Estrada takes a dig at Lim over Manila's plight". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2012-05-03.  ^ Clapano, Jose Rodel (2012-05-11). "UNA bares first 5 senatorial candidates". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2012-05-15.  ^ Reyes, Fatima; Esplanada, Jerry (2012-06-11). "Zubiri, Magsaysay, Garcia named to UNA slate; Will Pimentel leave alliance?". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2012-06-28.  ^ "It's final: Koko won't run under UNA". ABS-CBN News. 2012-06-28. Retrieved 2012-06-28.  ^ Macaraig, Ayee (2012-08-28). "Gordon, Maceda running under UNA". Rappler. Retrieved 2012-09-19.  ^ Tan, Kimberly Jane (2012-08-29). "Pimentel denies dropping PDP-Laban presidency". GMA News Online. Retrieved 2012-09-19.  ^ Clapano, Jose Rodel (2012-10-01). "'Number One' UNA bets file COCs at 1 p.m. on Oct. 1". Philippine Star. Retrieved 2012-10-04.  ^ Gil C. Cabacungan; Tarra Quismundo; Cathy C. Yamsuan (2012-10-02). "De Venecia son quits UNA Senate slate at last minute". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2012-10-04.  ^ Reyes, Fat (2012-10-04). "UNA names Nancy Binay
Nancy Binay
as 12th senatorial candidate". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2012-10-04.  ^ "UNA drops 3 senatorial bets, says campaign manager". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 21 February 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 

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