PNoy: Split with Binay 'not inevitable'

by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 16 2012 04:53 PM | Updated as of Apr 17 2012 04:23 AM

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino said that a split with Vice President Jejomar Binay is “not inevitable” even as Binay has started to convene his own political coalition called the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

He said that no politician will part ways with the administration if it becomes successful in achieving its objectives, saying it can contribute to one’s political career. In turn, Aquino pointed out that Binay is part of the Cabinet and has contributed to the administration as well.
 
“Inevitable split? I don’t think that is inevitable,” Aquino said. “Assuming I am and this administration is successful in attaining or trying to attain… ‘pag lahat ng ito nangyari—judicial system na talagang matino, peace and order mo na the tuloy-tuloy yung the last two years na half ang incidence of crime so every two years ganoon ang mangyayari—sino kayang pulitiko ang tatayo at sasabihing ayaw namin ang lahat ng nangyaring 'yan. So 'yung inevitability, baka o baka hindi,” Aquino told reporters.
 
“Si VP Binay ay kasama sa administrasyon na kung saan kadamay siya kapag napapaganda natin ang sitwasyon sa Pilipinas. Kung ito 'yung tumutulong sa iyong political career, kokontra ka ba? So palagay ko, nasa interes din niya na kabilang ng gabineteng ito na talagang makitulong nang husto—at talagang tinutulungan naman n’ya kami nang husto sa larangan ng OFWs, sa larangan ng housing—para nga magtagumpay ‘yung mga inaambisyon ng administrasyong kasalukuyan,” he said.
 
Asked about Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas who has reportedly said he has no plans to run for president in 2016, Aquino said the elections are far from his mind.
 
“Alam mo kasi parang ‘yung 2016 is four years and two months from now. ‘Yung problema natin sa presyo ng langis today, problema natin sa Scarborough Shoal today, ‘yung problema ng ating OFWs (in other countries) and ‘yung downturn sa global economy today, so trabaho ko ho pag-isipan ‘yung today, hindi ‘yung susunod na eleksyon,” he said. 
 
“Lahat ng nakikitang positive developments makakatulong doon sa mga sumama dito at tinulungan tayo dito sa tuwid na landas. So…’pag nagpatuloy ito at hindi ito first, almost two years lang, ay siguro naman lahat hahabulin na angkinin na kasama sila doon sa nagpabago sa ating lipunan. So kaya masyadong matagal pa para pag-usapan ‘yung 2016,” he added.