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MANILA, Philippines - The ruling party's coalition will not allow any of its senatorial candidates in the 2013 polls to "speak before the electorate on two platforms and campaign sorties," Senator Franklin Drilon, vice chairman of the Liberal Party, said on Friday.
Drilon made the statement as he denied reports that the LP coalition would share a senatorial candidate with the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of President Joseph Estrada's Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino party and Vice President Jejomar Binay's Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) party.
“I would like to make it clear, there is no common candidate. Kung sinuman ang kandidato ng UNA, ay kanila pong kandidato iyon. Ang kandidato ng administration, ng LP coalition, ay 'yan po ang kanyang kandidato,” Drilon said in a radio interview on Thursday.
[I would like to make it clear, there is no common candidate. Whoever is UNA's candidate is its own. The candidate of the LP coalition is also its own.]
The LP is forming a 12-member senatorial slate with Sen. Manuel Villar's Nacionalista Party and Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco Jr's Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC).
It was reported that Sen. Loren Legarda, a member of the NPC, is poised to be among UNA's candidates, replacing PDP-Laban president Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, who had bolted the alliance after it decided to keep Juan Miguel "Migz" Zubiri on its slate.