MANILA - Like a marriage that has to be annulled.
This is how Sen. Nancy Binay described the decision of her father, Vice-President Jejomar Binay, to leave the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).
The senator said disunity within the PDP-Laban could no longer be worked out, hence the decision of her father to leave.
"Parang sinabi niya there’s already disunity in the party so ano lang ‘yan I guess parang sa mag-asawa, kailangan mo magpa-annul,” she said, quipping in jest.
"Nagkaroon ng psychological incapacity somewhere."
The senator said there are suggestions for her father to revive the Laban party.
"Isang option is to form a new one. And then meron ding nagfo-float ng suggestion. Kasi yung PDP-Laban, it was also a merger. Dati PDP lang ‘yan tapos Laban. Yung PDP ‘yung grupo nila Senator Nene Pimentel and then ‘yung Laban doon naman ang grupo ng ating vice president. So may mga tao doon sa Laban na parang bakit hindi na lag Laban na lang,” she said.
"Pero at the moment, I think ang pinag-aaralan talaga is to form a new political party."
Binay earlier confirmed he is parting ways with the PDP-Laban that he helped found decades ago owing to a rift with Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.
Binay is the national chairman of PDP-Laban, while Pimentel is its president. Binay was a member of the Laban (Laban ng Bayan) party headed by the late senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., father of President Aquino.
United Nationalist Alliance secretary-general Toby Tiangco, meanwhile, said Binay's new political party will be launched on June 12.
Binay's ties with the PDP-Laban began to fray when Koko opted out of the 12-man UNA senatorial slate and instead joined the administration Liberal Party (LP)-backed senatorial slate in the May 2013 elections.
The still unnamed political party would have in its core leadership allies of Binay, including a number of incumbent members of the 16th Congress and elected local government officials.
Binay initially disclosed the new political party would include boxing legend Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, Cebu Rep. Gwen Garcia, Parañaque Rep. Gus Tambunting and Makati Rep. Monique Lagdameo. With reports from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News; and Philippine Star