MANILA - An opposition senator believes President Aquino has been put in a bind over the statements of her sisters supporting a proposal to adopt Vice President Jejomar Binay as the Liberal Party candidate in the 2016 presidential race.
This is amid talk that Secretary Mar Roxas, Aquino's running-mate in the 2010 polls, is the LP's anointed for the next election.
Ejercito said the president's sisters' support for Binay would put President Aquino "in a bind," forcing him to choose between family sentiment and the clamor of his party-mates.
"I think the President will be in a bind because he will be caught in between because the sisters or the family would be for VP Binay but I am almost 100 percent sure that the Liberal Party would not welcome this. I am sure that they would want to have their own candidate. If not the President extending his term, I think they would want to have their own anointed candidate, which is, as of this time, Mar Roxas," he said.
Two of Aquino's sisters, Kris and Ballsy, said they have nothing against the possible "adoption" of Binay as the standard-bearer of the administration's Liberal Party (LP) in the 2016 elections.
They said what is important is that their brother's successor will continue the reforms that he has started.
The sisters also said they favor the idea of political parties uniting for the cause of one country.
In response, Binay said he is humbled by the Aquino sisters' trust and support.
"I am humbled that they see me as someone who can continue the good programs of the President," Binay said.
"I share their view that the welfare of our kababayans should always come first and should not be compromised by partisan politics," he added.
The vice president also pointed out that the friendship between the Binays and the Aquinos is a bond that "transcends politics."
He was among those who fought for the Aquino family against the martial law regime of former President Ferdinand Marcos.
"I am glad that Ballsy and Kris have affirmed this bond and I will always be grateful for their trust and support," he said.
Binay earlier said he has been receiving information that he may be an "adopted" presidential candidate of the LP in the 2016 polls.
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Meanwhile, Ejercito believes Binay will not run for president under the Liberal Party in 2016. But if it happens, Ejercito said the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA)will field its own presidential candidate.
"That's the essence of democracy. Hindi pwedeng isang partido lang. Of course, the opposition as fiscalizer, we need to have our candidate also to present an alternative government to the present administration," he said.
He added: "I am confident that will not happen. Mukhang 'yung probability of him being adopted by the Liberal Party is very difficult because the Liberal Party [has its] own agenda of extending beyond 2016. So that means it's President Aquino, his anointed ally or President Aquino himself again. So that is their agenda, to go beyond 2016."