Team PNoy

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Team PNoy
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Candidate See senatorial candidates
Slogan Mga tunay na tuwid sa daang matuwid (The truly righteous people on the straight path)

Team PNoy, formerly known as the LP-Akbayan-NPC-NP-LDP Coalition, is political umbrella coalition in the Philippines, originally formed to support the administration-backed senatorial line-up for the 2013 Philippine Senate election. Team PNoy is composed mostly of supporters of the former President of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino III (President Noynoy, or "PNoy"). The coalition is composed of the Liberal Party, the Nacionalista Party, the Nationalist People's Coalition, the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino, the Akbayan Citizens' Action Party, the PDP-Laban, and the National Unity Party.

Its official slogan is "Mga tunay na tuwid sa daang matuwid" ("The truly righteous people on the straight path.").[1]


2013 Elections[edit]

The Liberal Party was open to creating coalitions or alliances with other parties for the 2013 election, as long as the politicians had aligning principles. Secretary of Budget and Management Florencio Abad said on April 7, 2012 that it was too early to make conclusions.[2]

Two days later, the Liberals revealed 14 names as potential candidates on their ticket, including candidates that were being considered on the UNA ticket; this meant there were common names on both tickets.[3]

On April 2012, the Nacionalista Party was choosing between the UNA and the LP tickets, with party Secretary-General Alan Peter Cayetano saying that it was too early to decide on such matters. The verdict in the impeachment of Renato Corona could affect their decision.[4]

On May 17, 2012, Aquino revealed the party's four certain senatorial bets: Aurora Rep. Sonny Angara, TESDA Chairman Joel Villanueva, and 2010 senatorial candidates Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel and Ruffy Biazon.[5] All four, however, were still considering their options to run for Senator.[6] On June 28, 2012, party vice chairman Sen. Franklin Drilon announced the candidacy of former Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr.[7]

Senator Francis Escudero, who formerly campaigned for the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC)'s presidential nomination in 2010 before resigning from the party and withdrawing from the race abruptly, said he believed that the NPC and the Liberals "are in coalition with one another."[8]

It was announced on July 5, 2012, that the ruling Liberal Party (LP), Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) and Nacionalista Party (NP) would most likely field a common senatorial ticket in the May 2013 elections.[9] A meeting between Aquino and Manny Villar resulted in an agreement to coalesce for the 2013 elections, and details, such as local candidates, would be dealt with upon on further meetings.[10] Senator and Liberal Party vice chairman Franklin Drilon cautioned though that the agreement was "not yet sealed" as the distribution of slots in the ticket would also be a factor. The Nacionalistas had already endorsed four candidates in Senators Antonio Trillanes and Alan Peter Cayetano, and Representatives Robert Ace Barbers and Cynthia Villar.[11]

However, NPC official and Senator Tito Sotto in September said that the three-party coalition might not be pursued as the determination of candidates at the local level remained a stumbling block in the formation of the coalition; the NPC had more local officials than the Liberals and Nacionalistas. Meanwhile, Representative Mark Villar of the Nacionalistas said that they would stay put with their coalition agreement with the Liberals, and that most issues had already been resolved.[12]

Bam Aquino, the President's cousin, and Jamby Madrigal, one of the defeated presidential candidates in 2010, were sworn in as Liberal Party members.[13] On October 1, the president announced the administration coalition's nominees in a speech at Club Filipino. The ruling coalition, aside from the Liberals, the Nacionalistas and the NPC, included the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) and Akbayan.[14]

In October 2012, Senators Francis Escudero, Loren Legarda and Fernando Poe Jr's daughter, former MTRCB Chair, Grace Poe formally joined the proclamation rally as independent candidates. The three independent candidates were also adopted by the United Nationalist Alliance coalition.

According to Joseph Emilio Abaya, the ruling party's spokesman, the independent candidates did not intend to campaign with the UNA, which had also adopted them.[15] However, Loren Legarda, when asked with whom she will campaign, said "I will campaign with the Filipino people."[16]

On January 26, 2013, it was announced that the administration ticket would be called "Team PNoy". It is a play on the words "pinoy", an informal term used to denote the Filipino people, and "P-Noy", the Administration's preferred reference to President Aquino, whose nickname is "Noynoy". Angara said that "we decided to use ‘PNoy’ to send the message that this campaign is for all Filipinos."[17] The coalition released its first TV advertisement the next day, with the "Team PNoy" spelling.[18]

2016 Elections[edit]

A few days after his final SONA, President Aquino endorsed Secretary of the Interior Mar Roxas as the standard bearer of his Administration in the 2016 Philippine Elections[19][20]

Coalition members[edit]

Mainstream party members[edit]

Senatorial slate[edit]

Candidate Party Last position in government Relatives in government Elected
Sonny Angara
Incumbent congressman from Aurora's lone district (since 2004) Senator Edgardo Angara (father), Aurora governor Bellaflor Angara-Castillo (aunt) Yes
Bam Aquino
Former chairman of the National Youth Commission (2003–2006) President Benigno Aquino III (cousin), President Corazon Aquino (aunt), Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. (uncle), Senator Agapito Aquino (uncle), Senator Tessie Aquino Oreta (aunt), Tarlac governor Tingting Cojuangco (aunt) Yes
Alan Cayetano
Incumbent senator (since 2007) Senator Pia Cayetano (sister), Senator Rene Cayetano (father), Taguig mayor Lani Cayetano (wife) Yes
Chiz Escudero
Incumbent senator (since 2007) Congressman from Sorsogon Salvador Escudero (father) Yes
Risa Hontiveros
Former congresswoman from Akbayan Citizens' Action Party (2004–2010) none No
Loren Legarda
Incumbent senator (since 2007) Batangas governor Antonio Leviste (annulled) Yes
Jamby Madrigal
Former senator (2004–2010) Chief Justice José Abad Santos (grandfather), Senator Manuel Collantes (uncle) No
Ramon Magsaysay Jr.
Former senator (1995–2007) President Ramon Magsaysay (father), Zambales governor Vicente Magsaysay (cousin), congresswoman from Zambales Mitos Magsaysay (niece-in-law) No
Aquilino Pimentel III
Incumbent senator (since 2007) Senator Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. (father) Yes
Grace Poe
Former chairwoman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (2010–2012) none Yes
Antonio Trillanes
Incumbent senator (since 2007) none Yes
Cynthia Villar
Former congresswoman from Las Piñas' lone district (2001–2010) Senator Manny Villar (husband), congressman from Las Piñas Mark Villar (son), congressman from Las Piñas Filemon Aguilar (father), Las Piñas mayor Vergel Aguilar (brother) Yes

Election results[edit]

9 out of 12 candidates won the possible 12 seats in the Senate namely: (in Alphabetical order)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The ad says "the candidates of Team PNoy ang seguradong mapagkakatiwalaan. Mga tunay na tuwid sa daang matuwid."" (Jester P. Manalastas (January 29, 2013). "PNoy’s ‘Daang Matuwid’ LP campaign battlecry". People's Journal. Retrieved April 8, 2013. )
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  4. ^ Mendez, Christina (2012-04-19). "NP weighing options on party coalition". Philippine Star. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
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  9. ^ Diaz, Jess (2012-07-05). "LP, NP, NPC eye common ticket". Philippine Star. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  10. ^ Cheng, Willard (2012-07-10). "PNoy met Villar to forge LP-NP coalition". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  11. ^ "LP-NPC-NP coalition not yet sealed - Drilon". Philippine Star. 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  12. ^ "Three-Party Coalition Proposal Dims". Manila Bulletin. 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  13. ^ Gutierrez, Natashya (2012-09-28). "Bam Aquino, Jamby officially join LP". Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  14. ^ Michael Lim Ubac, Leila B. Salaverria (2012-10-01). "Aquino leads launch of administration coalition". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  15. ^ Calonzo, Andreo (2012-10-01). "Loren, Chiz agree not to join UNA on stage during sorties". GMA News. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  16. ^ Reyes, Fat (2012-10-01). "Loren Legarda files COC at Comelec in Intramuros". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  17. ^ Esguerra, Christian V. (2013-01-27). "Aquino ‘X-factor’: LP slate renamed Team Pinoy". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2013-01-27. 
  18. ^ Calonzo, Andreo (2013-01-28). "In LP’s first pol ad, PNoy says some candidates posing as his supporters". GMA News Online. Retrieved 2013-01-28. 
  19. ^ Salaverria, Leila B.; Calleja, Niña P. (April 18, 2015). "Surprise: Roxas tells LP he will run in 2016". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2015-04-18. 
  20. ^ "PNoy to endorse Mar Roxas this week, says top LP official". GMA News. July 28, 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-30. 

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