ABS-CBN News

2 senators doubt Binay will be PNoy's anointed

Posted at | Updated as of 08/06/14 12:34 AM

MANILA - For Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, President Benigno Aquino III endorsing Vice President Jejomar Binay is far-fetched.

Trillanes believes that Binay is showing his "weakness" in floating the possibility that he would be endorsed by Aquino in the 2016 elections.

"Siguro inaakala, nasa isip ni Vice President Binay na siya ang tinutukoy ni Presidente Aquino bilang anointed para sa 2016 na na-mention sa SONA (State of the Nation Address). Siguro sinusubukan niyang (Binay) mamangka sa dalawang ilog. Tingnan niya kung pupuwede 'yun," Trillanes said.

"Kasi kung malakas siya, bakit kailangan pa niyang makipag-alyansa with the Liberal Party? So siguro dito mayroon siyang nakikita na pwedeng mangyari sa kandidatura niya kaya nakikipag-areglo na siya sa Liberal Party," he added.

The senator's statement came after Binay said that he has been receiving information that he may be an "adopted" presidential candidate of the Liberal Party in the 2016 polls.

Binay said the administration is also studying whether he could become a "guest candidate." Another option is a coalition between the LP and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), he added.

"Sa pulitika walang imposible. Sa pulitika maraming probabilities. I heard lately not a coalition but possibility of an adoption, as a candidate," the vice president said.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Floor Leader Alan Peter Cayetano said the possibility of Aquino endorsing Binay is inconsistent with the President's "tuwid na daan" platform.

He pointed out that Binay and his family members are being hounded by corruption issues.

He added that unless Binay could prove that he is not corrupt and he could perform, survey numbers should not be a basis for the Liberal Party in choosing who to endorse.

"Ang sabi ng Pangulo at kanyang team ay 'tuwid na daan.' So bigla nilang i-endorse ang vice president, bakit 'yung tuwid na daan, biglang liko?" Cayetano said.