United Nationalist Alliance

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
United Nationalist Alliance
President Toby Tiangco
Chairman Jejomar Binay
Secretary-General JV Bautista
Founded April 4, 2012 (electoral alliance)
July 1, 2015 (political party)
Headquarters Room 103, G/F ECJ Building, Real cor. Arzobispo Streets,Intramuros, Manila
Ideology Asian values
Compassionate conservatism
Political position Center-right
International affiliation None
Colors Orange and navy blue
Slogan UNA ang Pilipino (Filipinosfirst)
Seats in theSenate

5 / 24

Seats in theHouse of Representatives

8 / 292

Provincial governorships

4 / 81

Provincial vice governorships

4 / 81

Provincial board members

44 / 1,006


The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) is a political party in the Philippines. It was created as a multi-party electoral alliancereplacing 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 for his candidacy in the upcoming 2016 presidential election.

The acronym “UNA” spells out the Filipino word for “first”.


Early Formation, 2013 elections (2012-2015)[edit]

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.

Binay’s Presidential Bid (2015-present)[edit]

On July 1, 2015, Binay relaunches the United Nationalist Alliance as the major opposition party at the Makati Colosseum in Makati City days after he resigned from the Cabinet of President Noynoy Aquino , despite the absence of Manila Mayor Joseph Estradawhich become neutral due to Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares possible presidential bid.[2] 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 was then considered to be his running mate before settling with Senator Gringo Honasan, who is also the party’s vice president.[3][4]

Coalition members[edit]

Mainstream party members (Founding Party)[edit]



Affiliated local parties[edit]

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.[6]

On May 10, 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.[7]

On June 11, 2012, UNA formally included Zubiri in its line-up, together with Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia and Zambales Representative Mitos Magsaysay.[8] On 28 June 2012, Pimentel officially declined his spot in the UNA line-up, citing Zubiri’s continued inclusion in it.[9]

The UNA announced on August that former senators Dick 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.[10] However, Pimentel denied that he took a leave of absence from the PDP-Laban presidency.[11]

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.[12] Joey de Veneciawithdrew 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.”[13] On October 4, UNA announced that Binay’s daughter Nancy was their 12th nominee.[14]

On February 21, 2013, UNA dropped Chiz Escudero, Loren Legarda and Grace Poe from their senatorial slate as a result of their non-attendance in their political rallies.[15]

2013 election[edit]

Candidate Party Last position in government Relatives in government Elected
Nancy Binay UNA No relevant 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 UNA Former governor ofTarlac (1992–1998) 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 SenatorRobert Jaworski (brother-in-law), former Pasig Rep. Robert Jaworski, Jr. (son-in-law) Yes
JV Ejercito Estrada UNA 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 NPC Incumbent congressman from Cagayan‘s 1st district (since 2010) Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile (father), congresswoman from Cagayan Sally Ponce Enrile (wife) Yes
Dick Gordon UNA Former senator (2004–2010) Olongapo mayor Katherine K. Gordon (wife), Olongapo councilor John Carlos de los Reyes (nephew) Yes
Gringo Honasan UNA Incumbent senator (since 2007) None Yes
Ernesto Maceda UNA Former senator (1992–1998) Manila 4th district councilor Edward VP Maceda (son) Yes
Mitos Magsaysay UNA Incumbent congresswoman fromZambales‘ 1st district (since 2004) Senator Ramon Magsaysay, Jr. (uncle-in-law), Zambales governor Vic Magsaysay (father-in-law) Yes
Migz Zubiri UNA Former senator (2007–2011) Bukidnon vice-governor Jose Ma. R. Zubiri, Jr. (father), congressman from Bukidnon Jose Zubiri III (brother) Yes

Election results[edit]

3 out of 9 candidates won the possible 9 seats in the Senate namely: (in order of votes received)

  • Nancy Binay
  • JV Ejercito Estrada
  • Gringo Honasan

2016 election[edit]

President: Jejomar Binay (Lost)
Vice-President: Gringo Honasan (Lost)
Senate Candidates: