LP-NP alliance wholly justified, says Gullas

THE emerging coalition between the Liberal Party (LP) and the Nacionalilsta Party (NP) is perfectly legitimate, NP executive committee member and Cebu Rep. Eduardo Gullas said Sunday.

“It makes a lot of sense for the two parties to be aligned ahead of the mid-term elections. Looking way back, the LP used to be the ‘liberal wing’ of the NP,” Gullas said.

The late President Manuel Roxas, grandfather of LP chief and Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas, ran for the country’s highest post as the candidate of the NP’s “liberal wing” in the 1946 national elections, before he eventually bolted the NP to establish the LP, Gullas pointed out.

The combined forces of the two parties, together with the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), would be formidable, according to Gullas, who heads the Alayon Party, the NP’s Cebu chapter.

Gullas, former Cebu provincial governor, said the NP is seeking four slots in the budding LP-NP-NPC coalition’s unified senatorial ticket.

“We confirm that the NP is asking for four slots, with the first two going to Las Piñas City Rep. Cynthia Villar and reelectionist Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano,” he said.

“The NP has not reached a decision as to who will be entitled to the party’s two other slots in the joint senatorial lineup,” he added.

Gullas described as “logical” reelectionist Sen. Loren Legarda’s possible inclusion in the promising alliance’s senatorial lineup. Legarda was vice presidential running mate of NP chief Sen. Manuel Villar when he ran for president in 2010.

With respect to reelectionist Sen. Francis Escudero, his inclusion in the coalition’s senatorial ticket would also be rational, considering that he ran as NPC member the first time he got elected to the Senate in 2007, Gullas said.

Gullas said the forthcoming polls would be “a good fight” between the LP-NP-NPC coalition and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

A coalition between former President Joseph Estrada’s Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) and Vice President Jejomar Binay’s Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), UNA is also set to field a common senatorial slate.

“But actually, the NP alone is much larger than PMP, or PDP-Laban. We have more members in Congress and in local governments,” Gullas said, adding that in the case of PMP, it has only three members in the House.

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