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Nancy Binay goes on leave as UNA president amid siblings' feud

Oct 18, 2018 - 12:42 PM

'Due to recent developments within the party, I am writing this letter to humbly notify you as secretary general that I'm taking a leave of absence as President of UNA effective today, October 18,' says Senator Nancy Binay

Sen. Nancy Binay files her Certificate of Candidacy for Senator on October 12, 2018 at the Comelec office in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Old Food and Proud: Balay Cena Una's take on Homegrown Bicol Food

Nov 17, 2017 - 9:30 PM

Balay Cena Una is one of Bicol's best-kept secrets – an ancestral home that serves up delicious comfort food

House minority to push for tax exemption for P30k-and-below earners

Aug 17, 2016 - 6:58 PM

House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez says he plans to file a bill imposing a water tax on the MWSS to address the projected government revenue loss

NO INCOME TAX FOR THE POOR. House Senior Deputy Minority Leader Lito Atienza and House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez lead a press conference on August 17. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Tiangco leaves UNA over minority leadership row

Jul 26, 2016 - 7:15 AM

UPDATED Navotas Representative Toby Tiangco says he could not accept that his party mates would participate in game fixing the House minority leadership race

PRESIDENT NO MORE. Navotas Representative Toby Tiangco quits the United Nationalist Alliance. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Suarez vs Tiangco: Who will UNA back as House minority leader?

Jul 20, 2016 - 1:06 PM

UPDATED The two United Nationalist Alliance stalwarts are giving contradictory statements on the steps to be taken by the party

HOUSE MINORITY? Quezon Representative Danilo Suarez (left) and Navotas Representative Toby Tiangco (right) are both eyeing the House minority leadership

Lagman warns vs brewing ‘subservient’ minority in House

Jul 04, 2016 - 3:32 PM

Congressman [Edcel] Lagman has no monopoly of intention to serve Congress when everybody’s objective is to do the same says Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez

FIGHT FOR THE MINORITY. Albay First District Representative Edcel Lagman warns against a House minority bloc under Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez.

UNA hits Comelec for extending SOCE filing for LP

Jun 17, 2016 - 7:15 PM

It s the death of rule of law says the opposition party but the Comelec spokesman says the decision considered the greater benefit for the greater majority

UNA: Don't give 'special treatment' to Roxas, LP in SOCE filing

Jun 15, 2016 - 3:44 PM

UNA also urges the Comelec to sanction LP and its presidential bet Mar Roxas for failing to file their SOCEs on time

Manny Pacquiao eager to back Duterte’s legislative agenda

May 28, 2016 - 12:44 PM

Asked if he will remain in UNA the political party of Jejomar Binay Pacquiao says Yung partido pang eleksyon lang ‘yan

Manny Pacquiao plays basketball with close aides of Davao mayor Rodrigo Duterte on May 28, 2016 in Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Jejomar Binay's impossible dream

May 22, 2016 - 9:30 AM

UPDATED Vice President Jejomar Binay s name vast political experience and formidable political machinery are not enough to make him the 16th president of the Philippines What went wrong?

THE CANDIDATE. Vice President Jejomar Binay promises a better life for Filipinos during his miting de avance on May 7.Photo by Rob Reyes/ Rappler

Finally, Binay congratulates Duterte

May 12, 2016 - 11:02 PM

3rd UPDATE The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay says he wished presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte all the best

CONCEEDING? Vice President Jejomar Binay congratulates presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte on May 12. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Old names rule: LP bets dominate Iloilo City polls

May 12, 2016 - 11:23 AM

This will be the Trenas Mabilog Espinosa team’s third win since they formed a coalition in 2010

YELLOW. Liberal Party wins big in the local elections in Iloilo City. Photo by Russel Patina/Rappler

Binay not yet conceding, will wait for complete count

May 10, 2016 - 12:30 AM

I have repeatedly called for respecting institutions and the democratic process Once the process is completed we should always respect the outcome the Vice President says late Monday night

NOT A QUITTER. Vice President Jejomar Binay is pictured inside his home after he voted on May 9. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

UNA alleges intimidation, vote-buying by LP

May 09, 2016 - 8:39 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay s spokesman clarifies however that they are not categorically accusing the Roxas camp of cheating

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Cagayan gubernatorial bet accused of vote buying

May 09, 2016 - 12:52 AM

Regional Public Safety Battalion claims voters and recipients lists with signatures plus P60 000 cash were recovered from a gubernatorial bet supporter s house

ALLEGATIONS. Cagayan gubernatorial candidate Cristina Antonio says she is in "shock" over accusations of vote buying. Photo from Facebook

IN PHOTOS: Jejomar Binay's miting de avance

May 08, 2016 - 10:30 AM

During his miting de avance Vice President Jejomar Binay expresses confidence that he will be elected president

VICTORY POSE. Team Binay after their miting de avance in Makati on May 7. All photos by Rob Reyes/Rappler

INC endorses Baguio-Benguet incumbent bets

May 08, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Iglesia ni Cristo endorses incumbent officials Nicasio Aliping Jr for congressman Mauricio Domogan for mayor and Edison Bilog for vice mayor in Baguio City

ENDORSED. INC has endorsed Baguio-Benguet political bets Nicasio Aliping Jr for congress, Mauricio Domogan for mayor and Edison Bilog for vice mayor. Photos from Facebook and Twitter

Binay: Quitting is not in my vocabulary

May 07, 2016 - 11:36 PM

Wala sa bokabularyo wala sa sistema sa buhay ni Jojo Binay na nagwiwithdraw at tumatakbo sa laban says Vice President Jejomar Binay

NOT A QUITTER. Vice President Jejomar Binay says he will not give up his candidacy. Photo by Rob Reyes/ Rappler

Binay: 'True’ silent majority will choose me on May 9

May 07, 2016 - 9:22 PM

UPDATED At his miting de avance Vice President Jejomar Binay says his confidence is based on his meetings with ordinary folk across the country during the campaign period

MITING DE AVANCE. Jejomar Binay addresses supporters at his miting de avance in Makati City on May 7, 2016. Photo by Rob Reyes/ Rappler

Binay camp: Internal poll, ground campaign point to victory

May 07, 2016 - 6:42 PM

The campaign strategist of Vice President Jejomar Binay says there s no reason for the presidential candidate to withdraw from the race

CAMPAIGN STRATEGIST. Former interior secretary Ronaldo Puno tells reporters why he believes Vice President Jejomar Binay is not out of the presidential race yet on May 7, 2016. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Binay is El Shaddai members' pick in ‘internal survey’

May 06, 2016 - 7:42 PM

Unlike the Iglesia Ni Cristo bloc vote this is not binding on the other members who prefer other bets as El Shaddai leader Mike Velarde is not endorsing any presidential candidate himself

BINAY AT EL SHADDAI.  Vice President Jejomar Binay (L) holds hands with El Shaddai leader Mike Velarde at a prayer vigil in Paranaque City on May 1, 2016. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

CAMPAIGN NOTES: Binay’s loyal supporters

May 05, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Meet 6 people who have not lost faith in Vice President Jejomar Binay despite corruption allegations and his falling survey numbers

BINAY LOYALISTS. A crowd in Laguna smiles as Vice President Jejomar Binay's motorcade approaches them. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Binay camp: 'Ground game will spell difference on May 9'

May 05, 2016 - 2:41 PM

The campaign team of Vice President Jejomar Binay tells other candidates not to celebrate just yet

GROUND CAMPAIGN. Vice President Jejomar Binay and his senatorial candidate, Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao, in a motorcade in Bicol in April 2016

CAMPAIGN NOTES: 10 things I learned while covering Jejomar Binay

May 04, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Since I started covering Vice President Jejomar Binay in July 2015 I discovered a great deal about him that headlines fail to show

UNA STANDARD-BEARER. Vice President Jejomar Binay campaigns into the night during one sortie in Laguna. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Binay in Western Visayas: ‘I have many silent supporters here’

May 03, 2016 - 9:26 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay campaigns in the turf of his rival Mar Roxas less than a week before the May 9 elections

STILL OPTIMISTIC. Vice President Jejomar Binay remains positive about his chances of securing a victory in Western Visayas. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Southern Leyte candidates promise agriculture, fisheries reforms

May 03, 2016 - 1:33 PM

In a local forum Liberal Party bets mainly members of the influential Mercado clan and candidates from United Nationalist Alliance UNA trade barbs and talk platforms

PLEDGE OF COMMITMENT. Candidates, supporters and stakeholders take a pledge for honest and clean elections. Photo by Jed Cortes/Rappler.

CAMPAIGN NOTES: Binay’s ‘personal’ political machinery

May 03, 2016 - 10:00 AM

The Vice President lets vendors hug him in the public market allows senior citizens to kiss him on the cheek and holds hands with the people he meets on the campaign trail

PERSONAL TOUCH. The Vice President kisses the son of one his supporters during a sortie in Laguna. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Imee Marcos: Ilocanos find ‘sentimental attachment’ with Binay

May 02, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Senator Gringo Honasan once again skips the Ilocos sorties of his running mate

COURTESY CALL. Vice President Jejomar Binay pays a courtesy call on Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos. Photo from the United Nationalist Alliance

Pacquiao chooses 'only Binay' in new TV ad

May 01, 2016 - 9:25 PM

Boxing champ Pacquiao a senatorial candidate under Binay s UNA says the Vice President knows how to uplift the lives of the poor

Convoy of La Union congressman bombed

Apr 30, 2016 - 1:20 PM

3rd UPDATE Representative Eufranio Eriguel survives the apparent attack but a car in his convoy is hit by the explosion reportedly injuring 4 passengers

UNA entertains crowd with ‘naughty’ show at Camsur rally

Apr 28, 2016 - 11:45 PM

Such shows seem to be a regular feature of some campaign rallies in the provinces

CAMPAIGN SHOW. A member of the audience 'smells' Ruffa Mae Quinto during a performance at an UNA rally in Sagnay, Camarines Sur. All photos by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

In 3rd debate, Binay wooed core voters, not the undecided – analysts

Apr 25, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay seems more comfortable in the debate in Pangasinan but is this enough to sway undecided voters?

UNA STANDARD-BEARER. How did Vice President Jejomar Binay fare during the 3rd presidential debate on April 24. Photo by the Manila Bulletin

Binay meets with INC exec minister Manalo

Apr 21, 2016 - 7:25 PM

Iglesia ni Cristo s Eagle News reports that Vice President Jejomar Binay sought the INC s endorsement during his meeting with executive minister Eduardo Manalo

One Cebu, Duterte's PDP-Laban formalize alliance

Apr 21, 2016 - 7:22 PM

The 2 parties say they share many things in common including a stand against crime corruption and poverty

Photo by Jensen Floren/Rappler

Binay takes voters on ‘Biyaheng Ginhawa’ in new TV ad

Apr 21, 2016 - 3:43 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay and running mate Senator Gringo Honasan drive a train in their new political advertisement

'BIYAHENG GINHAWA.' Vice President Jejomar Binay launches a new political advertisement this week. Screengrab from Binay's official Facebook page

Is Jonvic Remulla dumping Binay?

Apr 21, 2016 - 12:13 PM

If the Remullas of Cavite pull out their support from the Vice President they will be the second political family from a vote rich province to do so after the Garcias of Cebu

SPOKESMAN NO MORE. Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla, his brother confirms, is staying away from the presidential campaign of Vice President Jejomar Binay, shown in this file photo during a motorcade in Cavite in February 2016. Rappler photo

Can Pacquiao​ ​turn the tide for Binay​ ​in Mindanao​?

Apr 20, 2016 - 4:01 PM

Manny Pacquiao organizes two rallies for Vice President Jejomar Binay in Sarangani and GenSan

Binay: Duterte’s rape remark puts OFWs at risk

Apr 20, 2016 - 1:55 PM

Ang bawat boto sa kanya ay pagpapahintulot na bugbugin ang kalalakihang OFW dahil sila’y panganib sa kababaihan ng mga host countries Ang bawat boto sa kanya ay pahintulot na lapastanganin ang ating kababaihang OFW says the Vice President

AT OFWS' RISK? Vice President Jejomar Binay says Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's remarks on the rape of an Australian lay missionary will be dangerous for OFWs.

The Scrum: Roxas, Binay and the political machine

Apr 20, 2016 - 8:30 AM

As election nears 2 candidates frame the campaign discourse around the strength of their machineries They should be guided by lessons from the past

Pacquiao: I can draw crowds for Binay, UNA

Apr 19, 2016 - 9:50 PM

The boxing champ who is running for senator says his popularity will draw people to Binay s rallies thus make them listen to the Vice President s platform

CROWD FAVORITE. Will the presence of the People's Champ, Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao, get more people to attend UNA sorties? Photo by Mara Cepeda/ Rappler

Dominant parties: LP, UNA to get more perks

Apr 18, 2016 - 5:30 PM

The Comelec is supposed to furnish the dominant parties with copies of the election returns and the certificates of canvass

DOMINANT PARTIES. The Comelec declares the Liberal Party and the United Nationalist Alliance as dominant parties in the May 9 elections.

Mindanao religious leaders endorse Binay over Duterte

Apr 16, 2016 - 2:28 PM

Leaders of the Sabiel Almuhtadeen Foundation Philippines believe Vice President Jejomar Binay can bring peace to Mindanao

MEETING WITH RELIGIOUS LEADERS. Religious leaders in Mindanao back the candidacy of Vice President Jejomar Binay on April 16, 206. Photo from the United Nationalist Alliance

Binay to Duterte: ‘I’m not afraid of you’

Apr 15, 2016 - 7:46 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay also tells Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte that his days are numbered as the law will soon catch up with him

NOT SCARED. Vice President Jejomar Binay says Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is not a threat to him. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

An anatomy of Jejomar Binay’s campaign speeches

Apr 14, 2016 - 2:34 PM

Who is Vice President Jejomar Binay and what can he offer to Filipinos? Listen to at least two of his campaign speeches

SI 'NOGNOG.' Who is Vice President Jejomar Binay and what can he offer to Filipinos? Listen to at least two of his campaign speeches. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Who's afraid of Duterte? Rivals target poll front runner

Apr 13, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Once upon a time only Mar Roxas dared to mess with Rodrigo Duterte Now he s got company: Jejomar Binay and Grace Poe

On campaign trail, Jejomar Binay shows off tan line

Apr 13, 2016 - 2:49 PM

For Vice President Jejomar Binay a tan line on his wrist proves persistence in his campaign

TAN LINE. Vice President Jejomar Binay shows off to reporters the result of his ground campaigning. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Binay-Honasan tandem powers up vs Duterte

Apr 13, 2016 - 1:25 PM

UPDATED The United Nationalist Alliance tandem releases videos depicting potential horror stories under a Rodrigo Duterte presidency Senator Gringo Honasan later clarifies his advertisement was not intended to attack anyone

NEGATIVE CAMPAIGN. The tandem of Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Gregorio Honasan II has stepped up its negative campaign vs poll front runner Rodrigo Duterte (left).

Binay: Still a 2-way race between me and Roxas

Apr 12, 2016 - 2:32 PM

The Vice President downplays the threat posed by leading bets Rodrigo Duterte and Grace Poe saying they are newbies in campaign organization

TWO-WAY RACE? Vice President Jejomar Binay (left) believes that the presidential race is between him and administration standard-bearer Mar Roxas (right).

Honasan showed ‘depth and experience’ in VP debate

Apr 11, 2016 - 10:28 PM

For analysts the senator military man and former coup plotter showed his seniority during the vice presidential debate at the University of Santo Tomas

THE VETERAN. Analysts praise Senator Gringo Honasan for his performance during the VP debate on April 10. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Pro-Escudero politicians form 'chopsuey' alliance in Sorsogon

Apr 10, 2016 - 12:21 AM

Some members of UNA NPC and LP in the province have joined forces to boost the candidacy of Senator Francis Escudero

SORSOGON ALLIANCE. Politicians in Sorsogon cheer for their provincemate, Senator Francis Escudero (3rd from left) and presidential candidate Grace Poe. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia