‘It’s difficult to unite the opposition’ — Pimentel

MANILA (July 10) — Citing a lack of genuine efforts to unite the opposition for the 2010 elections, Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. has expressed doubts it will happen.

He said that although the former president Joseph Estrada has been busy going around the country, the biggest obstacle is the apparent determination of Senators Manuel Villar and Manuel to seek the presidency.

“There seems to be no effort at all to bring about that (unification) in reality probably because the declared aspirants for (the) presidency like Villar and Roxas will no longer heed the call to give up their aspirations,” he said during a weekly forum in the Senate.

At this point, Pimentel admitted that it would be difficult to unite the opposition.

But the senator acknowledged that “the last word is never said in politics. There’s still hope but the hopes are becoming dimmer by the day.”

In the meantime, while Villar’s Nacionalista Party (NP) is open to this unification move, its spokesmen, Adel Tamano, and former congressman Gilbert Remulla, stressed that they would not give up on Villar as the party’s standard-bearer in 2010.

“There’s no harm in talking but Villar will always be our candidate,” Tamano said.

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