Roxas: No to 2016 team-up with Binay
MANILA - Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas nixed a possible team-up with Vice President Jejomar Binay for the 2016 elections.
Binay had said he is open to having Roxas as his running-mate. This is after Binay defeated Roxas in the vice presidential race in 2010, the results of which have been questioned by Roxas.
Roxas said he remains committed to President Aquino's plans and programs for the country, which the opposition has repeatedly questioned.
He also said the Liberal Party remains intact following Binay's statement that he may be taken in by the Liberal Party as its guest candidate.
"Hindi ito tungkol kay Mar o Jojo sa 2016. Ang pinakamahalaga ay ang pagpapatibay at pagpapatuloy ng Daang Matuwid," Roxas said in a statement.
"Napakalinaw naman na hanggang ngayon, salungat na salungat ang agenda ng [United Nationalist Alliance] sa agenda ng Daang Matuwid na siyang itinataguyod ng LP."
Roxas said he will accept and support the President's choice as standard-bearer whether it be him or someone else.
Past surveys have shown Binay leading possible presidential bets, with Roxas playing between the 4th and 5th spots in the rankings.
Binay has also received support from President Aquino's sisters, Kris and Ballsy, who said they have nothing against the "adoption" of Binay as the standard-bearer of the administration's Liberal Party (LP) in the 2016 elections.