MANILA - Kris and Ballsy Aquino have said they are open to the idea that their brother, President Aquino, would endorse Vice President Jejomar Binay in the 2016 presidential election. Will the President listen?
For Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice of the Liberal Party, the President's family should be spared from politics.
"Palagay ko maling gamitin yung mga kapatid ng Pangulo. Very emotional. May relationship ang Pangalawang Pangulo at ang [Aquino family]. Eh hindi naman sila member ng Liberal Party," he said in an interview on ANC.
"Para sa akin, masagwa yung ganun."
Erice believes the President won't be swayed by his sisters in choosing his successor, a view that United Nationalist Alliance secretary general Toby Tiangco finds surprising.
"Eh kung kapatid ko si Kris Aquino, maiimpluwensyahan ako. Kris Aquino yun eh!" Tiangco said.
"Kung sinasabing yung pamilya ay ganito ang stand at yung LP ganito ang stand, ako mas doon na ako sa pamilya bilang isang pulitiko. Dahil yung pamilya mo kahit wala ka na sa pwesto kasama mo eh."
As 2016 nears, many political possibilities are being floated including a term extension for Aquino, which entails amending the Constitution.
Erice said House deliberations on the charter's economic provisions can accommodate political provisions as well. Tiangco, however, said lawmakers should not change the Constitution for one person.
Erice also denied that the LP is giving up on Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, rumored to be the LP's standard-bearer for 2016, after he fared poorly in recent surveys.
"We're not giving up on Secretary Mar Roxas. We just felt that President Aquino is the best that we ever had as a President," he said.
"Kung dadating doon sa punto na hindi talaga, ang sabi ng mga boss 'Wag na, bayaan na nating magpahinga si Pangulong Aquino', walang problema! We have the second best - si Secretary Mar Roxas."
The LP member said an LP-UNA alliance for 2016 is out of the question. "Definitely no. No chance," Erice said.
Tiangco agreed an alliance between the two parties would be very difficult.
"Mahirap mangyari yung LP-UNA alliance. Kaya lang hindi naman ako pwedeng magsalita ng tapos," he said.