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United Nationalist Alliance

United Nationalist Alliance
PresidentGregorio Honasan
ChairmanNancy Binay
Secretary-GeneralJV Bautista
FounderJejomar Binay
FoundedApril 4, 2012 (electoral alliance)
July 1, 2015 (political party)
Preceded byUnited Opposition
HeadquartersRoom 103, G/F ECJ Building, Real cor. Arzobispo Streets, Intramuros, Manila
Liberal conservatism
Political positionCenter-right
Colors    Orange and Navy blue
SloganUNA ang Pilipino (Filipinos first)
Seats in the Senate
Seats in the House of Representatives
Provincial governorships
Provincial vice governorships
Provincial board members

The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA IPA: [?na]) is a political party in the Philippines. It was created as a multi-party electoral alliance replacing 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 2016 presidential election.

The acronym "UNA" spells out the Filipino-Spanish word for "first".


Formation, 2013 elections (2012-2015)

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 had been 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 being trimmed 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 (2015-2016)

On July 1, 2015, Binay relaunched the United Nationalist Alliance as the major opposition party at the Makati Colosseum in Makati days after he resigned from the Cabinet of President Noynoy Aquino, despite the absence of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada which become neutral due to Sen. Grace Poe possible presidential bid.[2] Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, was touted a possible running mate, but being 36 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 Gregorio Honasan, who is also the party's vice president.[3][4]

Coalition members

Mainstream party members (Founding Party)



Affiliated local parties

Despite the similarity in names, the local party United Negros Alliance from Negros Occidental is not related nor affiliated to the party.

Senatorial candidates

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 June 28, 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 Venecia withdrew 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

Candidate Party Last position in government Relatives in government Elected
Nancy Binay
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
former governor of Tarlac (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 Senator Robert Jaworski (brother-in-law), former Pasig Rep. Robert Jaworski Jr. (son-in-law) Yes
JV Ejercito
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
Incumbent congressman from Cagayan's 1st district (since 2010) Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile (father), congresswoman from Cagayan Sally Ponce Enrile (wife) Yes
Richard J. Gordon
former senator (2004-2010) Olongapo mayor Katherine K. Gordon (wife), Olongapo councilor John Carlos de los Reyes (nephew) Yes
Gregorio Honasan
Incumbent senator (since 2007) None Yes
Ernesto Maceda
former senator (1971-1972; 1987-1998) Manila 4th district councilor Edward VP Maceda (son) Yes
Mitos Magsaysay
Incumbent congresswoman from Zambales' 1st district (since 2004) Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr. (uncle-in-law), Zambales governor Vic Magsaysay (father-in-law) Yes
Juan Miguel Zubiri
former senator (2007-2011) Bukidnon vice-governor Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr. (father), congressman from Bukidnon Jose Zubiri III (brother) Yes

2016 election

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

2019 election

Electoral performance


Election Candidate Number of votes Share of votes Outcome of election
2016 Jejomar Binay 5,416,140 12.73% Lost

Vice President

Election Candidate Number of votes Share of votes Outcome of election
2016 Gregorio Honasan 788,881 1.92% Lost


Election Number of votes Share of votes Seats won Seats after Outcome of election
2013 80,257,922 26.97%
Liberal Party-led coalition
2016 24,660,722 7.64%
PDP-Laban-led coalition
2019 14,974,776 4.14%
NPC-led coalition

House of Representatives

Election Number of votes Share of votes Seats Outcome of election
2013 3,140,381 9.31%
Liberal Party-led coalition
2016 2,468,335 6.62%
PDP-Laban-led coalition
2019 232,657 0.57%

See also


  1. ^ Sy, Marvin (April 4, 2012). "From UNO to UNA, Erap, Binay unite". Philippine Star. Yahoo! Philippines News. Archived from the original on April 6, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/513906/news/nation/una-kicks-off-party-launch-sans-erap
  3. ^ "Binay-Marcos: Perfect combination, says UNA official". Philippine Daily Inquirer. July 30, 2015.
  4. ^ "Honasan as Binay's VP: 'I have always been a good soldier'". Rappler. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "Estrada, PMP no longer part of UNA, son JV clarifies". Philippine Daily Inquirer. July 1, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ Evangelista, Kate; Burgonio, TJ (May 3, 2012). "Estrada takes a dig at Lim over Manila's plight". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ Clapano, Jose Rodel (May 11, 2012). "UNA bares first 5 senatorial candidates". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ Reyes, Fatima; Esplanada, Jerry (June 11, 2012). "Zubiri, Magsaysay, Garcia named to UNA slate; Will Pimentel leave alliance?". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ "It's final: Koko won't run under UNA". ABS-CBN News. June 28, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ Macaraig, Ayee (August 28, 2012). "Gordon, Maceda running under UNA". Rappler. Retrieved 2012.
  11. ^ Tan, Kimberly Jane (August 29, 2012). "Pimentel denies dropping PDP-Laban presidency". GMA News. Retrieved 2012.
  12. ^ Clapano, Jose Rodel (October 1, 2012). "'Number One' UNA bets file COCs at 1 p.m. on Oct. 1". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2012.
  13. ^ Gil C. Cabacungan; Tarra Quismundo; Cathy C. Yamsuan (October 2, 2012). "De Venecia son quits UNA Senate slate at last minute". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2012.
  14. ^ Reyes, Fat (October 4, 2012). "UNA names Nancy Binay as 12th senatorial candidate". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2012.
  15. ^ "UNA drops 3 senatorial bets, says campaign manager". Philippine Daily Inquirer. February 21, 2013. Retrieved 2013.

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