VP Binay eyes Iglesia vote to seal 2016 win

Report by Anthony Taberna, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 23 2014 09:30 AM | Updated as of Jul 23 2014 06:24 PM

MANILA - Vice-President Jejomar Binay is confident about his chances of winning the presidential race in 2016 after he topped a recent poll on the coming elections. He also said he is seeking the endorsement of the influential Iglesia ni Cristo sect to seal the win.

A recent Pulse Asia survey showed Binay winning if the presidential elections were held at this time.

The survey, conducted last June 24 to July 2, showed Binay getting 41 percent of the vote followed by Senator Grace Poe with 12 percent and former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada at 9 percent.

Other possible candidates that figured in the survey include Senator Francis Escudero (7%), Mar Roxas (7%), Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago (7%), Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. (5%), and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano (5%).

Speaking to ABS-CBN, Vice-President Binay refused to say who he considers as his biggest opponent in the coming presidential race.

"Mahirap magbanggit kung sino mahirap kalaban. Basta e yung dahil sa survey e yun lalong magtitiwala ka ano na mukhang e mananalo kami dito sa halalang ito. Yun lang hindi dapat ito maging daan para sa over confidence," he said.

He also said he believes his chances would improve if he gets endorsed by the influential Iglesia ni Cristo.

"Sa boto solid yun e. Milyon ang pinag-uusapan natin dito, plus and minus. So at least meron kang isang organisasyon na sumusuporta sa iyo na ang boto e milyon," he said.

The Vice-President may be with the political opposition now but he is not ruling out the possibility of running under an administration coalition in 2016.

"In the first place, sa pulitika everything is possible sabi nga. So ang isang posibleng mangyari e magkakaroon ng coalition, grupo nila at yung grupo namen. Pwedeng mag coalition," he said.

He is also unfazed by the filing of a plunder case against him, his son Makati Mayor Erwin "Junjun" Binay and 20 others for the allegedly overpriced Makati City parking building.

"The filing of a complaint, okay yun. Pero yung for you to be prosecuted, that's part of the immunity," he said.

Binay said he expects more black propaganda against him and his family in the run-up to the 2016 elections.

You can catch the full interview with Vice-President Jejomar Binay on "Tapatan ni Tunying" on Thursday, 4 p.m., on Channel 2.