Nacionalista to review pact with LP before 2016

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 26 2014 04:44 PM | Updated as of Mar 27 2014 12:44 AM

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MANILA - Will Nacionalista Party’s (NP) coalition with the Liberal (LP) Party last until the 2016 elections? There is no guarantee.

Senator Cynthia Villar, wife of NP President Manny Villar, said the party will have to review whether to keep its coalition with the LP.

"Wala naman kaming problema with LP ngayon. Pero 2016 elections is a different matter," Villar told reporters.

"Ibig sabihin, it’s time to review if you still want to coalesce ‘di ba? Review time 'yun. Okay naman ngayon pero I think before 2016, magre-review if they want to continue with the coalition or we want to be on our own or we want to coalesce with somebody else. Open yun."

Coalescing with the party that Vice President Jejomar Binay would be forming is a possibility but Villar said that the party has not thought about this yet.

"Pwede rin. I cannot answer for them, I don’t know. We haven’t thought about it," she said.

"Kaya ka naman magco-coalesce, you believe in the candidate and at the same time, they are treating you well. Importante din 'yun e, that your coalition partner is treating you well. Syempre, partido 'yan e. Kung hindi mo tina-trato mabuti, hindi rin maganda ‘yun."

Villar said LP is treating her well. "Okay naman, as far as I am concerned, okay. Ewan ko sa iba."


Villar said it is still to early to say who the NP will field as its presidential candidate in the 2016 elections.

Asked about the possibility of NP’s Bongbong Marcos, Alan Peter Cayetano, and Antonio Trillanes running for a higher position, Villar said they are being allowed to test the waters.

"Wala naman kaming pinag-uusapan. I believe, on my part, anybody can try to run. It’s another story na itutuloy nila as candidates in the future. Kasi if you want to run, you can try. You campaign [for] one year, see what will happen and I don’t fault anybody for that. ‘Yan ang right of every person to do that," she said.

"At the end of the day, mag-uusap ‘yan kasi hindi naman logical na tatakbo sila lahat against each other. They have to be practical. Kasi in the end, it’s the chances of winning pa rin ang pinakamalaking motivation for you to run or not."

As president of the NP, former Senator Manny Villar would have a say on which candidate the NP will endorse.

"Malaki say niya, presidente siya ng partido e… May influence siya, may weight ‘yun. Any president of the party, may weight ‘yun," Mrs. Villar said.

But whether her husband would consider running again for president is another story.

"Kay Manny, ang presidency is destiny, for him ha, after 2010. Sabi niya: 'Kung sa'yo 'yan, dadating sa iyo 'yan. Kung hindi sa'yo 'yan, hindi dadating sa iyo 'yan,'" she said.

"Hindi naman niya sinasabi na… E kung sa kanya pino-point e, bakit naman he will not take the challenge? Pero kung hindi naman ipino-point sa kanya, why will you do it?"


Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas appears to be the frontrunner to become the standard bearer of the Liberal Party in the 2016 presidential elections, according to the party's acting president, Department of Transportation and Communication Secretary Jun Abaya.

"Sa LP, alam niyo naman ang kasagutan ko diyan, kung sino ang magdadala ng bandera ng LP, si Secretary Roxas po ‘yun. Nagmi-meeting ho kami para itulak at isulong itong pananaw ng partido," Abaya told reporters Tuesday.

"Siya lang po," Abaya said.

But Abaya said that this decision would still have to undergo the party’s “process” and that members of the party have yet to formally meet and discuss who to endorse as their presidential candidate.