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‘My respect for UNA won’t change’—Legarda

February 21, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Loren Legarda on Thursday said her respect for the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) has not changed despite its decision to drop her from the senatorial ticket.

“I have not been informed. If true, my respect for them will not change,” Legarda said in a text message.
“They will continue to be my friends. I thank them for having us as guest candidates,” she added.

Legarda noted that despite her affiliation with the Nationalist People’s Coalition, which forged a coalition with the administration, UNA still adopted her to be part of its slate.

“From the very start, they knew my party, the NPC, was having coalition talks with the administration party. They still adopted me as guest candidate and I thank them sincerely,” she added.

Aside from Legarda, the two other adopted candidates dropped by UNA are Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero and former MTRCB chairperson Grace Poe-Llamanzares.

The three are officially running under the administration’s Team PNoy.

Source: By Maila Aiger, Election 2013 (Philippine Daily Inquirer)