MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Jejomar Binay is maintaining a safe distance from the long-standing feud between Senator Aquilino Pimentel III and former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, who are both members of his United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party.
In an interview with dzMM on Friday night during the Asian Development Bank meeting, Binay refused to comment on the feud, saying that Pimentel and Zubiri can resolve the issue on their own.
Echoing Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, the vice president said they will someday be on good terms.
Pimentel and Zubiri bitterly contested the last slot in the 2007 senatorial elections.
Zubiri won in the official count, but resigned from the Senate in August 2011. This after several witnesses came out alleging poll fraud in Maguindanao in favor of the Arroyo administration candidates, which included Zubiri.
Pimentel, who had filed an electoral protest, was declared winner and assumed his seat in the Senate.
Both Zubiri and Pimentel are part of the UNA lineup for the 2013 polls, Binay earlier insisted.
Meanwhile, Binay said he does not mind the planned coalition of the Liberal Party and the Nacionalista Party, saying these are part of their strategy. -- Report from Zandro Ochona, dzMM