2016 not a Palace priority?

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 04 2014 07:23 PM | Updated as of Mar 05 2014 03:23 AM

MANILA - The 2016 presidential elections is not Malacanang's priority, according to a Palace spokesman.

Communications Secretary Herminio "Sonny" Coloma, Jr. was asked if President Aquino or his party already has possible candidates in the 2016 elections.

"Hindi po yan ang aming prayoridad. Dahil nga 849 na araw na lamang ang nalalabi, bawat araw ay mahalaga para sa administrasyon na talakayin yung limang pangunahing haligi ng Philippine Development Plan: iyong inclusive growth, yung poverty reduction and social protection, climate change mitigation and adaptation, yung law and order and security, at yung good governance and and anti-corruption. Wala po sa prayoridad ng administrasyon iyang mga usaping iyan," he said.

Asked if Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas is a viable administration candidate, he said: "Wala nga po yan sa prayoridad ng aming administrasyon at wala rin yan sa aking job description na magkomentaryo sa mga political issues. Hangga’t wala pong nilalahad ang ating Pangulo ay hindi po kami magkokomento hinggil diyan."

Coloma has long been associated with the Samar faction of President Aquino’s supporters, the rival of the Balay group that’s said to be under Roxas and the Liberal Party.