MANILA - Has Vice-President Jejomar Binay found a potential running-mate for the 2016 elections?
Binay, who is eyeing the presidency in the next election, said he does not want an elected official as his running-mate.
"Saloobin ko po ito, sana makakuha ako ng Vice President na successful businessman. Coming from the private sector. Hindi elected official, hindi politiko. Kasi natutunan ko as mayor, no revenue, no project," he told reporters in Camarines Sur.
He added: "Kung may kasama akong negosyanteng successful, we can convince a lot of businessman para lalo pang gumanda ang ekonomiya natin. Iyon ang maganda."
It was not the first time that Binay had said he wanted a businessman as a potential running-mate. He earlier told reporters that he is considering business tycoon Manuel Pangilinan as a potential running-mate because of the latter's track record in business.
In the latest interview, Binay said he is already eyeing someone as running-mate "but everyone is being considered."
He said he will not name his running-mate this early since those who he will not choose might gang up on him.
He also hinted a lot could still happen between now and 2016.
"Marami pa pong mangyayari. Kung ang napili natin, nagkakaso ng kabi-kabila...Sabi nga sa Ingles, it ain't over till its over," he said.
Other potential running-mates that have been mentioned in previous news reports include Senator Jinggoy Estrada, Grace Poe and even Mar Roxas.
Binay has been a frontrunner in surveys of possible candidates for the 2016 presidential election.
SOME LP MEN 'RATTLED'
In the interview, the Vice President also said that some members of the administration Liberal Party are getting nervous after he revealed that he has information he might be adopted as the LP standard-bearer in the 2016 polls.
He said those who were rattled by the news are now attacking him by filing a plunder case before the Ombudsman.
"Tinitiyak ko sa iyo, maraming ninenerbiyos na Liberal. Lalong lalo na yung may mga kasalanan. Iyon po ang dahilan kung bakit ako pinahihirapan ng mga iyan," he said.
He also noted that he never said that there would be a coalition of the LP and United Nationalist Alliance in the 2016 polls.
"Hindi ho sa akin galing ang isiping iyon, sa kanila galing iyon. Ako, pati yung mga kasamahan natin, wala pong nakikipag-usap na magkaroon ng coalition," he said.