Why Bistek wants Binay-Roxas tandem in 2016

by Patrick Quintos, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Aug 12 2014 12:29 AM | Updated as of Aug 12 2014 08:29 AM

MANILA - Quezon City Mayor Herbert ''Bistek'' Bautista is pushing for a Binay-Roxas tandem in the 2016 presidential elections.

In an interview on ''Aquino & Abunda Tonight,'' Bautista said he believes that both Vice-President Jejomar Binay and Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas have good intentions for the country.

He also sees the Binay-Roxas tandem as a chance to unite the country.

Binay belongs to the opposition United Nationalist Alliance while Roxas is part of the ruling Liberal Party.

Binay also defeated Roxas in the vice-presidential race in 2010.

"Sino pa ba ang puwedeng makapag-unite ng bansa natin kundi si President PNoy?" Bautista said.

"And the number 1 opposition who is Vice President Binay and [from] the administration who is Secretary Mar Roxas, kapag pinagsama mo 'yan, lahat naman sila ay maganda ang hangarin para maglingkod," he told Kris Aquino, his former girlfriend.

Roxas earlier in the day rejected a possible team-up with Binay for the 2016 elections.

Binay had said he is open to having Roxas as his running-mate.

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.

"Napakalinaw naman na hanggang ngayon, salungat na salungat ang agenda ng [United Nationalist Alliance] sa agenda ng Daang Matuwid na siyang itinataguyod ng LP," he said.

Roxas, however, said he will accept and support the President's choice as standard-bearer whether it be him or someone else.


Meanwhile, Bautista said that while he personally wants to run for reelection in 2016, he is leaving the decision to the Liberal Party on whether he will run for reelection or for a higher position.

"I belong to the Liberal Party and we leave it to the party to decide kung ano ung itatadhana ng partido sa kanino man," he said. "Ako personally i'd rather go for reelection. But i leave it to the party if the party decides na 'Hey! You go for a higher position.'"

He is reportedly being pushed to run for senator in the 2016 elections.