MANILA (UPDATED) - It's not just the sisters of President Aquino who support the proposal to endorse Vice-President Jejomar Binay as the Liberal Party presidential candidate for 2016.
Former senator Agapito "Butz" Aquino indicated that more members of the Aquino clan support Binay's bid for the presidency in 2016.
"Balita ko suportado ka raw ng sisters. Hindi lang mga sisters, pati uncles. Uncle Peping, Paul, Butch," the former senator said.
Agapito and Paul Aquino are brothers of the late Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. while Jose "Peping" Cojuangco Jr. is the brother of the late President Corazon Aquino.
Butz, Paul and Peping are uncles of incumbent President Benigno Aquino III.
Binay and the Cojuangcos are historical allies. Binay was the first OIC mayor appointed by President Corazon Aquino after the 1986 People Power Revolution.
Binay's son, Erwin, is the current mayor of Makati.
Binay, in an interview with media at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at an event remembering the 31st death anniv of Sen. Ninoy Aquino, welcomed the endorsement of Aquino's uncles.
He said he has long been friends with the President's family.
"Sa akin, mahalaga. Kasi mga kaibigan ko talaga iyon, kasama sa hirap at ginhawa. Iyon bang reiteration ng aming pinagsamahan," Binay said.
He, however, said he has not yet been personally told by members of the Aquino clan about the supposed endorsement.
"Wala. Personal na usapan yang kina Ballsy," he said.
Binay revealed his closeness with the widow of the late Senator Aquino, particularly after the snap elections that the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos claimed to have won.
"Tumawag si President Cory, sunduin iyung mga kapatid niya. So kami ang sumundo sa tatlo niyang kapatid, kasi si Kris nasa Cebu. So alam ko kung saan siya pumunta, yung mga bata dun sa Wack-Wack," he said.
'NOY-BI IN 2010'
Aquino's relatives were earlier reported to have campaigned for Ninoy and Binay during the 2010 elections while failing to support the vice-presidential bid of Mar Roxas.
Recently, two of the President'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.
Binay earlier said he has been receiving information that he may be an "adopted" presidential candidate of the LP in the 2016 polls.
He said the administration is also studying whether he could become a "guest candidate." Another option is a coalition between the LP and UNA, he added.