United Nationalist Alliance

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United Nationalist Alliance
President Toby Tiangco (Acting)
Chairman Joseph Estrada
Secretary-General Jose Virgilio Bautista (Acting)
Slogan Sa UNA, gaganda ang buhay. (With UNA, life will be better.)
Founded 2012
Headquarters Makati City
Ideology Conservatism
Social Conservatism
Political position Center-right
International affiliation None
Colors Orange and navy blue
Seats in the Senate
5 / 24
Seats in the House of Representatives
8 / 292
Provincial governorships
3 / 80
Provincial vice governorships
5 / 80
Provincial board members
39 / 926
Politics of Philippines
Political parties

The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) is a political multi-party electoral alliance in the Philippines. It replaced the former United Opposition (UNO) coalition for the 2013 midterm elections and the upcoming 2016 presidential elections.

The acronym "UNA" spells out "una" (Tagalog for "first"); compare the group's older acronym "UNO" ( Spanish for "one").


The 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 (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.[1] On March 2014, Binay resign as Chairman of PDP-Laban, as result the PMP party the only primary party of UNA banner.

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Mainstream party members (Founding Party)[edit]

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Parties with members that ran under UNA[edit]

Senatorial candidates[edit]

On 3 May 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.[2]

On 10 May 2012, UNA announced its first five senatorial candidates: re-electionist Sens. Aquilino Pimentel III and Gregorio Honasan, Representatives Jack Enrile and JV Ejercito, and 2010 senatorial candidate Joey de Venecia.[3]

On 11 June 2012, UNA formally included Zubiri in its line-up, together with Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia and Zambales Representative Mitos Magsaysay.[4] On 28 June 2012, Pimentel officially declined his spot in the UNA line-up, citing Zubiri's continued inclusion in it.[5]

The UNA announced on August that former senators Richard Gordon and 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.[6] However, Pimentel denied that he took a leave of absence from the PDP-Laban presidency.[7]

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.[8] 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."[9] On October 4, UNA announced that Binay's daughter Nancy was their 12th nominee.[10]

On 21 February 2013, UNA dropped Francis Escudero, Loren Legarda and Grace Poe from their senatorial slate as a result of their non-attendance in their political rallies.[11]

Senatorial Slate[edit]

Candidate Party Last position in government Relatives in government Elected
Nancy Binay
No political background Vice President Jejomar Binay (father), Makati mayor Elenita Binay (mother), Makati mayor Jun-Jun Binay (brother), congresswoman from Makati Abigail Binay (sister) Yes
Tingting Cojuangco
Former governor of Tarlac (1992–98) Congressman from Tarlac Jose Cojuangco, Jr. (husband), congressman from Tarlac Eduardo Cojuangco, Jr. (cousin), President Benigno Aquino III (nephew), National Youth Commission chairman Bam Aquino (nephew), former Senator Robert Jaworski (brother-in-law), former Pasig Rep. Robert Jaworski, Jr. (son-in-law) No
JV Ejercito-Estrada
Incumbent congressman from San Juan's lone district (since 2010) President Joseph Estrada (father), San Juan mayor Guia Gomez (mother), Senator Jinggoy Estrada (half-brother), Laguna Governor ER Ejercito (cousin) Yes
Jack Enrile
Incumbent congressman from Cagayan's 1st district (since 2010) Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile (father), congresswoman from Cagayan Sally Ponce Enrile (wife) No
Dick Gordon
Former senator (2004–10) Olongapo mayor Katherine K. Gordon (wife), Olongapo councilor John Carlos de los Reyes (nephew) No
Gringo Honasan
Incumbent senator (since 2007) None Yes
"Manong Ernie" Maceda
Former senator (1992–98) Manila 4th district councilor Edward VP Maceda (son) No
Mitos Magsaysay
Incumbent congresswoman from Zambales' 1st district (since 2004) Senator Ramon Magsaysay, Jr. (uncle-in-law), Zambales governor Vicente Magsaysay (father-in-law) No
Migz Zubiri
Former senator (2007–11) Bukidnon vice-governor Jose Ma. R. Zubiri, Jr. (father), congressman from Bukidnon Jose Zubiri III (brother) No


  1. ^ Sy, Marvin (2012-04-04). "From UNO to UNA, Erap, Binay unite". Philippine Star (Yahoo! Philippines News). Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  2. ^ Evangelista, Kate; Burgonio, TJ (2012-05-03). "Estrada takes a dig at Lim over Manila’s plight". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  3. ^ Clapano, Jose Rodel (2012-05-11). "UNA bares first 5 senatorial candidates". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  4. ^ Esplanada, Jerry (2012-06-11). "Zubiri, Magsaysay, Garcia named to UNA slate; Will Pimentel leave alliance?". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  5. ^ "It's final: Koko won't run under UNA". ABS-CBN News. 2012-06-28. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  6. ^ Macaraig, Ayee (2012-08-28). "Gordon, Maceda running under UNA". Rappler. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  7. ^ Tan, Kimberly Jane (2012-08-29). "Pimentel denies dropping PDP-Laban presidency". GMA News Online. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Reyes, Fat (2012-10-04). "UNA names Nancy Binay as 12th senatorial candidate". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  11. ^ "UNA drops 3 senatorial bets, says campaign manager". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 21 February 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 

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