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MANILA, Philippines – The Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino has decided to close its door on former President Joseph Estrada and Vice President Jejomar Binay’s United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) as it awaits the ruling Liberal Party’s formal announcement of its coalition with the LDP, according to its chairman, Sen. Edgardo Angara.
“Most likely, I think the chances are high that the LDP will coalesce with the ruling coalition of President P-Noy (Benigno Aquino III). Basically, the President has selected one of our members, Aurora Rep. Sonny Angara in the slate. I think the probability is high that we will join that coalition,” said Angara at a press conference after the LDP’s national executive council meeting at the Manila Hotel on Friday.
Juan Edgardo or Sonny Angara is the son of the LDP chairman.
Normally, political parties decide on joining coalitions during the months of December and January, or one to two months before the February 15 deadline for the filing of certificate of candidacy (CoC) for national positions, according to Angara.
But parties have now decided to join alliances at an earlier time because the schedule for the filing of CoC for the 2013 elections has been moved by the Commission on Elections to October 1 to 5 this year or about seven months before the polls.
“So the decision point in coalition has been accelerated, on alliance, on who is your candidate, or who are your torch bearers in 81 provinces, ganito ang nangyayari ditto [that’s what happened here],” said Angara.
Angara said the LDP would only have one senatorial candidate in 2013.
“Of course, we want more. But because the allocation of slots is a very contentious issue within the alliance… we do not want to give more problems to the leaders of the alliance,” said the senator.