Binay, Roxas mum on 2016 election plans

By Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 15 2014 04:11 PM | Updated as of Jan 16 2014 05:44 AM

MANILA -- Both Vice President Jejomar Binay and Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas were evasive when asked by the press on the issue of the 2016 elections.

Binay and Roxas were guest speakers at the Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas National Convention held at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on Wednesday morning.

The two were scheduled to speak half an hour apart from each other. Binay was scheduled at 11 a.m. while Roxas was scheduled at 11:30 a.m.

In separate ambush interviews, both were evasive on the idea of the 2016 elections.

"Lagi naman akong naiimbita dito," said Binay when asked if the event gives him a glimpse of how local officials will support him in 2016.

When asked the same question, Roxas' reply was "Kayo na lang magsalita."

Binay has been vocal about his plan to run for president in 2016. Roxas, meanwhile, is reportedly being eyed to be the presidential candidate of the administration's Liberal Party.

Roxas lost to Binay in a close race for the vice presidency in 2010.

Meanwhile, Wednesday's event was supposed to gather all barangay chairpersons from all over the country, but only one-eighth of the seats were occupied and most of the participants left after the lunch break.