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COMPOSTELA VALLEY, Philippines - The United Nationalist Alliance campaigns in Southern Mindanao.
The opposition coalition is hard pressed to scale down its campaign as it visits provinces most affected by Typhoon Pablo.
Ayee Macaraig files this video blog.
To give or not to give? That is the question.
The United Nationalist Alliance is here in Southern Mindanao, caught in an awkward position of campaigning in typhoon-hit provinces.
UNA visits Compostela Valley, one of the provinces worst hit by Typhoon Pablo.
The candidates decide not to give donations, wary of Comelec rules against vote-buying.
They opt for market tours instead of rallies, and just shake people's hands and greet voters.
UNA visits towns like Maco, Mabini and Pantukan but notably skips towns hardest hit by Pablo like New Bataan.
UNA criticizes the administration for the supposed inefficient delivery of services to victims, and calls for the passage of the Land Use Bill.
But some candidates are more engaged in the issue than the others.
REP MITOS MAGSAYSAY
UNA SENATORIAL BET
Ilang buwan na ang Pablo, wala pa ring visible rehabilitation na nag-normalize na buhay ng mga tao. Kaninong kasalanan yun? Gobyerno. May calamity fund, may Presidential Social Fund. ‘Di mo naman pwede sabihing kulang ang pera. May P500 billion si PNoy na binigay ng Kongreso na he can realign to any project he wants. Maski ang PDAF ko na 'di nila ni-release for 2 and a half years, eh 'di ibigay nila sa Pablo.
UNA SENATORIAL BET
I think because VP Binay is in charge of housing, I’m sure that’s in his plan but since we’re not into housing, he has not discussed that with us.
The senatorial candidates campaign on their own, with Vice President Jejomar Binay, former President Joseph Estrada and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile all unable it make it.
Still, UNA hopes to replicate the success of the Estrada-Binay 2010 tandem, with the two winning big in Compostela Valley and the 3 Davao provinces.
UNA bets will campaign in Davao City and nearby provinces in the coming days.
This is UNA's second Mindanao leg after holding big rallies in Northern Mindanao earlier this month.
Whether they can translate the support for their top leaders to votes for the senatorial candidates is the big question here in the so-called Erap country.
Ayee Macaraig, Rappler, Tagum City. – Rappler.com
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