WASHINGTON DC - Vice-President Jejomar Binay on Thursday (Friday in Manila) directly addressed his plan to run for President in 2016 after a Pulse Asia survey showed him possibly winning the race if elections were held today.
Speaking before the Banyan Tree Leadership Forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Binay claimed he announced his plan to run for president due to intimidation from the media.
"I have a dream of becoming president," he said.
Asked what his priorities are if the rumor of his running for the presidency is true, Binay said in jest, "That’s not a rumor."
He even joked by saying, “foreign funding allowed,” which garnered laughter from the audience.
Binay said his experience as mayor of Makati City gave him an opportunity to be a good administrator and good manager.
"The coming elections will be an issue of competence, experience and wisdom," he said.
A Pulse Asia survey earlier showed at least 40 percent of 1,200 respondents said they would vote for Binay if elections were held today.
Neophyte senator Grace Poe placed second in the survey with 15 percent, followed by Miriam Defensor-Santiago (10%), Chiz Escudero (9%), Mar Roxas (6%), Bongbong Marcos (5%), Alan Peter Cayetano (4%), Kris Aquino (4%), Bong Revilla (3%) and Panfilo Lacson (2%).
Veteran political analyst Clarita Carlos, meanwhile, said Binay is not a shoo-in for the presidency, saying it is too early to predict who will win in the next election.
"Surveys are supposed to indicate at any one time, point what the public seems to be feeling. The opinion of the public. However, the public can change anytime for many reasons and factors," she told radio dzMM.
However, she also pointed out that if the numbers continue to hold, Binay could win the next presidential election.
"Kung talagang walang mag e-emerge na merong mechanism, may salapi at organization katulad ng kay VP Binay, panalo talaga siya," she said.