MANILA, Philippines – Vice-President Jejomar Binay on Monday said it is too early to announce his possible running-mate when he runs for president in the 2016 national elections.
“Napakaaga pa ho niyan eh. Tignan na lang po natin. Di ba ang sabi, let's think of crossing the bridge when we're already there. Pagdating na sa 2016, mag-uusap po tayo tungkol po sa pulitikang pam-pangulo,” he told reporters at the inauguration of the JSU-AMOSUP Maritime Museum.
Binay denied that his plan to run for president has caused a rift between him and President Benigno Aquino III.
He said his relationship with Aquino remains strong even if he will be running against the President’s anointed in 2016.
“Sana makita niyo ho kaming nag-uusap dalawa. Para hong wala hong batid 'yung sinasabing hindi nagkakasundo. Tatandaan niyo lamang ha, buhay ho naming ang tinaya magkakasama ang pamilya nila at pamilya ko dahil sa iba ho talaga 'yung pinagsamahan naming,” he said.
He added: “Uulitin ko rin, magiging ako naman ho ay walang utang ng loob kung ako naman ay aasta at makakalimutan ko 'yung pinanggalingan ko. Kung nasaan po ako, utang ko po 'yun sa pamilyang Aquino.”
UNA eyes coalition with NP, LDP
Binay confirmed that the United Nationalist Alliance is interested in a coalition with the Nacionalista Party of Sen. Manny Villar and the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) of Sen. Edgardo Angara.
He said he had informal talks with Angara last year but had yet to come to a formal agreement. He also said he would be honored to forge a coalition with Villar’s NP.
He said UNA also received “peripheral feelers” from the Liberal Party about a possible coalition. He denied that it was President Aquino who sent the feelers.
“The President and I don’t talk about politics,” he said.
The vice-president also debunked the analysis of his own ally, former Senator Ernesto Maceda, that an acquittal for Chief Justice Renato Corona in the Senate impeachment trial will benefit the vice-president.
He maintained that the impeachment trial is “democracy in action” and everyone should just wait for the results.
“Ispekulasyon po 'yun eh. Iyon pong mga pag-uusap para sa aking pagkakandidato, napakalayo po nun eh. Ang hinihingi ko nga po sa inyo eh ipagpatuloy lang po ninyo ang pagdarasal na iyon pong ipinagkatiwala sa aking trabaho ni Pangulong Noynoy eh magawa ko po naman ng tama,’ he said.