The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), is a coalition between the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino and the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino - Lakas ng Bayan. It was founded as an electoral alliance in 2012 and later became an official political party in 2014 where VP Binay was also a member. Now UNA had become VP Binay's vehicle for the May 9, 2016 polls.
Team UNA senatorial slate is composed of twelve on which the first six are the original UNA senatorial bets and the other six are guest candidates from other political parties. Some of the 12 senatorial candidates belong to a group of celebrities, lawmakers, labor and security advocates.
The below list is the first group of six original UNA senatorial bets namely:
About Manny Pacquiao - his platform includes: quality, free public education, protecting abused OFWs, providing incentives and subsidies to farmers, going after rice smugglers and hoarders and a sports development program for the youth.
In May 2012, Pacquiao was mistakenly quoted on making a public remark regarding gays, it was first reported that Manny made a remark regarding a bible verse saying "gay men should be put to death." However Pacquiao later said that he did not say those exact words. It was confirmed by Granville Ampong, the writer who wrote the article containing the said bible verse, that it was him and not Pacquiao who quoted the verse in his article. Pacquiao is openly against LGBT activism and same-sex civil marriage quoted as saying "God only expects man and women to be together and to be legally married. If we approve male on male, female on female (marriage), then man is worse than animal."
In February 2016, Pacquiao, in a video statement posted by TV5, made a comment on the issue of same-sex marriage. He described people in same-sex civil marriages as behaving worse than animals because animals generally do not have same-sex mating. LGBT celebrities including comedian Vice Ganda, singer Aiza Seguerra, TV host Boy Abunda and the party-list Ladlad criticized the statements of the senatorial candidate. Pacquiao later apologized and stated that while, as a Christian, he is still against same-sex marriage, which is against Biblical teachings, he did not condemn Gay people themselves, saying that he loves them all and is praying for them.
The below list is the 2nd group of six guest senatorial candidates of UNA namely:
About Susan "Toots" Ople - was born on February 9, 1962, the youngest of the seven children of Blas F. Ople and Susana Vasquez. Her father served as Labor Secretary/Minister during the Marcos regime. She served as chief of staff of the Office of her father Senator Blas Ople and later as chief of staff of the Department of Foreign Affairs when her father became its Secretary. In 2004, Ople was appointed as Undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Susan Ople is the founder and current president of the Blas Ople Policy Center (BOPC) which assist distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWS) in various parts of the world. To promote her advocacy, Ople co-anchors the popular daily radio show “Bantay OFW” at DZXL’s Tatak RMN network. She also has a Saturday radio program on DWIZ 882 AM called “Global Pinoy”. Ople is running for Senator under the Nacionalista Party in the 2016 Philippine Elections. She plans to pass laws that would help advance the welfare of OFWs.
Sa lahat ng OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) na naglipana ngayon sa bawat sulok ng mundo - among the presidential candidates it is only VP Binay na nakita ko na totoong may malasakit sa mga OFWs - cast our votes for him on election day including the 12 UNA senatorial bets.
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