Jinggoy still a viable VP bet, says Nancy


Posted at Mar 04 2014 04:28 PM | Updated as of Mar 05 2014 07:05 AM

MANILA - Sen. Nancy Binay believes Sen. Jinggoy Estrada remains a good option to become a running mate of her father, Vice-President Jejomar Binay, in the 2016 elections.

"Yes, everybody is a good option,” she said of Estrada. "May edge si Senator Jinggoy kasi since 2010, even before 2010, magkakasama na kami noong time pa lang na si Mayor [Joseph Estrada] naging president, tapos ‘yung kay [Fernando Poe Jr]."

"Kumbaga kami talaga ang magkakasama through thick and thin."

Estrada, son of former President Joseph Estrada, is just one of several personalities rumored to be possible running-mate of Binay in the 2016 polls. Aside from Estrada, Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos has also been raised as a possible vice-presidential bet of Binay.

The younger Estrada earlier offered his position as president of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) to Binay following Binay's decision to bolt the PDP-Laban and form his own political party.

Asked why he is willing to give up his position to Binay, Estrada said: "I believe that he is going to be the next president."

Estrada said he still has no plans now on whether to run for a higher position in 2016, saying the presidency is a matter of "destiny."

He also said he is not bothered by allegations linking him to the controversy of lawmakers' pork barrel funds being funneled to fake non-government organizations of Janet Lim Napoles.

"Alam mo hanggang doon na lang sila eh. Kukuha sila nang kukuha ng testigo na mag-aayusan sila, lulutuin nila, susuportahan ng administrasyon, lokahan na," he added of the witnesses testifying against him in connection with the pork barrel scam. -- With a report by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News