Bong Revilla still Lakas bet for president?

By Jenny Reyes, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 03 2014 04:11 PM | Updated as of Mar 04 2014 04:07 AM

MANILA - The Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) party is hoping to strengthen its footing in time for the 2016 presidential elections.

Lakas' statement comes on the heels of Vice President Jejomar Binay's announcement that he is forming a new political party for the coming elections after breaking away from PDP-Laban.

Lakas is not discounting the possibility of fielding Senator Bong Revilla as presidential candidate despite allegations of corruption in relation to the pork barrel scam.

Lakas-CMD President Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez believes Revilla still enjoys a high popularity rating especially since he was the number one senator when he won in 2010.

Romualdez said Revilla is facing criticisms precisely because he is vocal about his ambition to become president and is considered by some analysts as a strong contender.

He noted that Revilla's co-accused are also expected to be prominent players of the opposition in the 2016 elections.

Sen. Jinggoy Estrada is said to be in the short list of the United Nationalist Alliance vice-presidential bets.

Senator Juan Ponce Enrile forms one-third of UNA's triumvirate along with Binay and Former President Joseph Estrada.