MANILA, Philippines -- Malacanang does not see a clash between the political parties of President Benigno Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar Binay come 2016, but a natural “parting of ways.”
In an interview with radio dzRB, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said: “Let me make it clear, it’s not a clash but an inevitable parting of ways because they belong to two different parties. They will be endorsing two different standard bearers.”
The race is on for the presidential elections, with two major political parties already preparing for a winning senatorial slate next year.
In a separate interview with dzMM this morning, Binay reiterated anew his intentions of snagging the highest position of the land.
“Opo naman, at maya’t-maya ko pong inuulit, hangga’t maari ayoko pong maging ipokrito. opo at ako po ay nag-aasam-asam, nag-aambisyon po ako na maluklok sa pinaka-mataas na pwesto bilang bahagi po ng paglilingkod,” he said.
He noted, however, there is still enough time before everyone focuses on the 2016 elections.
Analysts, however, believe that the senatorial elections next year will become a showcase of sorts of a bigger political circus.
Binay’s PDP-Laban had already forged an alliance with former President Joseph Estrada’s Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino for the 2013 elections.
Transport Secretary Mar Roxas, on the other hand, is widely believed to be pitted anew versus Binay.
Trillanes invited to UNA?
Binay told ABS-CBN News the coalition is still concretizing its line-up, but it has already sent out invites to several personalities, including re-electionists.
They include senators Francis Escudero, Loren Legarda, Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.
He also made mention of the name of senator Antonio Trillanes IV, who is a known ally of Aquino.
“Ito pong lima ay nag-uusap-usap baka po masama sa magiging slate,” Binay said. He also said his daughter, Nancy, is also mulling running for senator since “her rating is high.”
Binay’s spokesman Joey Salgado clarified, however, that Trillanes “is not among those being considered.”
He said the coalition is talking to five re-electionists, in total, including senator Alan Peter Cayetano.
Trillanes earlier warned of an “opposition” in the Senate if the administration Liberal Party does not act up.
He said the Liberal Party is too slow in forging alliances. Binay’s coalition, on the other hand, is fast on its feet, he said.