UNA completes Senate slate with 6 guest candidates

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UNA Senate lineup for the 2016 elections

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) president Tobias "Toby" Tiangco announced the party's complete senatorial lineup on Monday (October 26).

Initially, UNA listed Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, former Special Action Force Director Getulio Napeñas, Parañaque Councilor Alma Moreno, Sulu Sultanate Princess Jacel Kiram, veteran broadcaster Rey Langit, and labor lawyer Allan Montaño as part of its Senate slate.

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Completing the opposition's senatorial lineup are six guest candidates: Sen. Vicente "Tito" Sotto III of the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC); former Sen. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson, who is running as an independent; former Sen. Richard "Dick" Gordon, who announced his Senate bid under his own Bagumbayan party; former Sen. Juan Miguel "Migz" Zubiri, who filed his candidacy under the Pamilyang Pilipino at Taumbayan party; Lakas-CMD president and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez; and overseas Filipino workers' (OFW) rights advocate Susan "Toots" Ople.

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Tiangco said the platforms of these candidates are aligned with UNA's principles and with the visions of the party's presidential bet, Vice President Jejomar Binay.

"They share the same vision with Vice President Binay of a pro-poor and reform-oriented legislative agenda that would advance a responsible and transparent governance, create more job opportunities for the Filipino workforce; address our kababayan's need for responsive health, education, and other social services, uphold the rights and welfare of women and children, persons with disabilities and OFWs; improve peace and order, fast-track the delivery of government services, be energy-independent by 2020 and attract more investments."

According to Tiangco, the UNA senatorial candidates would be addressing issues of poverty, hunger, and unemployment.

"We are proud to say all UNA senatoriables are committed to pursue worthy priorities in the legislature," he said.