Peping Cojuangco: I regret supporting PNoy

By Jojo Malig, ABS-CBNnews.com

Says he will support Binay in 2016 elections

MANILA - Jose "Peping" Cojuangco, an uncle of President Benigno Aquino III, told ABS-CBN News on Tuesday night he regrets supporting the presidential campaign of his nephew in 2010.

Cojuangco, a former congressman and brother of the President's late mother Cory, denied that he is angry at Aquino just because he was not given a juicy post in his administration.

"Bakit ako bitter? I have my own things to do. Marami akong kailangang gawin," Cojuangco, current president of the Philippine Olympic Committee, said on the late night newscast Bandila. "Hindi naman ako nabubuhay sa pulitika."

He admits being a long-time ally of opposition leader and current Vice-President Jejomar Binay.

"Hindi ko alam kung kailan ako naging kritiko (of Aquino)," he said, and later added. "I'm for Binay [in 2016]."

Cojuangco said Aquino's relatives in the Cojuangco clan are out of the loop in the current administration.

He blamed Aquino's advisers for their situation. "Kaming mga kamag-anak kasi, out eh. Napapaligiran siya ng mga taong nagsasabi sa kanya, 'Ang mga kamag-anak niya, iyon ang masama sa lahat. Huwag makinig sa kamag-anak.' Lumalayo naman kami, eh," he said.

"Hindi ko gusto iyung mga nagbubulong sa kanyang ginagawa niya," he said.

Cojuangco said he doesn't want another People Power uprising, but the government should instead institute reforms, particularly electoral.

"Ang akin lamang, hindi People Power. I want reforms. The number one reform that we want is reform of the elections, electoral process. Unless we improve that, our democracy will be a farce," he said.

Cojuangco did not say what specific electoral reforms he wants.

He admitted that he wants Aquino to step down. "I mean that also."

However, Cojuangco didn't say who should replace Aquino.

"Ang sinasabi ko, madali kung siya mismo ang kikilos magkaroon ng reporma. Kung hindi niya gagawin, dapat umalis na siya," he said.