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Genuine Opposition

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Slogan  One vote against the incumbent
Candidates  Koko Pimentel Loren Legarda Alan Cayetano Benigno Aquino Nikki Coseteng Sonia Roco Chiz Escudero Manny Villar John Osmeña Ping Lacson Antonio Trillanes

Genuine Opposition (GO) is the political multi-party electoral alliance of the parties' senatorial line-up for the 2007 Philippine midterm elections, which is in opposition to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. It was originally called the "United Opposition" (UNO), created by opposition stalwart and Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay on June 2005 to unite all politicians who wanted to impeach President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. UNO then reorganized itself and changed its name to Grand and Broad Coalition (GBC), with the UNO party under that coalition. On February 15, 2007 the group changed its name again to Genuine Opposition after a meeting with Senate President Manny Villar in his office in Las Piñas City.


Coalition members

Mainstream party members

  • United Opposition (UNO)
  • Liberal Party - Drilon (LP)
  • Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP)
  • Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-LABAN)
  • Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC-Escudero/Legarda wing)
  • Nacionalista Party (NP)
  • Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL-Marcos Wing)
  • Aksyon Demokratiko (AD)
  • Background

    The United Opposition Coalition was created by Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay on June 2005 to unite all politicians who wished to impeach Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The UNO started scouting candidates for the Senate as early as October 2006 to claim a large share of the Senate seats. On January 2007, UNO started short-listing its nominees after a large number of interested personalities wanted to join the opposition. The UNO changed its name on February 12, 2007 at the Club Filipino in San Juan, Metro Manila to "Grand and Broad Coalition" (GBC). On February 15, 2007 the group changed its named again to "Genuine Opposition" (GO) after a meeting with Senate President Manny Villar in his office in Las Piñas. GO became the opposition coalition with eight parties under its wing, including its predecessor, UNO. Though Senate President Manny Villar and Senate Majority Leader Francis Pangilinan are running under the Opposition, they remain independent candidates as in the 2001 election. On February 28, 2007, Genuine Opposition dropped Kiko Pangilinan as its adopted candidate. After the elections, GO reverted to being the United Opposition, with Binay as head, but still maintaining the support of the other parties that comprised GO.


    The first slogan is "PLAN Co REVOLT". P stands for Pimentel, L stands for Legarda, A stands for Alan and it is the first name of Cayetano, N stands for Noynoy and it is the nickname of Aquino, Co means Coseteng, R means Roco, E means Escudero, V means Villar, O means Osmena, L means Lacson, and T means Trillanes. The PLAN Co REVOLT (literally, My plan is to revolt) means "Revolt against corruption and poverty". The second slogan is "Isang boto lang po laban sa nakaupo." (literally, One vote against the incumbent.).

    Campaign team

  • Campaign Manager: Senator Sergio "Serge" R. Osmena III (PDP-Laban)
  • Deputy Campaign Manager: San Juan Mayor JV Ejercito (PMP)
  • Campaign Spokesman: Atty. Adel Tamano, then the current president of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
  • Election results

    8 out of 11 candidates won the possible 11 seats in the Senate namely: (in order of votes received)

  • Benigno Aquino
  • Alan Cayetano
  • Chiz Escudero
  • Ping Lacson
  • Loren Legarda
  • Koko Pimentel
  • Antonio Trillanes
  • Manny Villar
  • References

    Genuine Opposition Wikipedia