MANILA - Liberal Party member and Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. believes the administration party will get its standard bearer in 2016 from among its own ranks.
Tupas was asked about the possibility that Vice President Jejomar Binay under the United Nationalist Alliance will be adopted by the LP as a guest candidate. Binay had long declared his plans to seek the presidency in 2016.
Tupas, however, said: "I'm not aware of that. Partido Liberal, we will get from the ranks of the party. We are not aware of that issue. In politics, anything is possible. We have a presumptive candidate, we stick by that."
The presumptive candidate is reportedly Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, who has yet to announce his own 2016 plans.
Roxas lost to Binay in the 2010 vice-presidential election.
Separately, Caloocan Rep. and known Roxas ally Edgar Erice said Binay and UNA are incompatible with the LP.
"It seems that the Vice-President’s sense of hearing is a little impaired when he claimed that he heard that he is being eyed as LP guest-candidate for President in 2016. Malaki ang duda na maipagpapatuloy niya ang tuwid na daan," he said.
Erice noted that just recently, Binay and his son, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, were accused of plunder before the Ombudsman on the alleged overprice of a parking building for the Makati City Hall.
Batangas 3rd District Rep. Nelson Collantes said there has been no mention of the matter as the LP prepares for the budget deliberations. Collantes added the party will pick a candidate who can continue the current administration’s platform of governance.