Vice-President Jejomar Binay and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. File/Composite
DAVAO - After being spurned by Senator Grace Poe, Vice-President Jejomar Binay is now eyeing Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as a possible running-mate in the 2016 elections.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News Davao, Binay said he is open to the possibility of asking the popular Davao mayor if he is interested in joining forces as his running-mate.
The vice-president described Duterte as highly qualified because of his successful record as mayor of Davao for 20 years.
He said he and Duterte were both named in a feature article on successful mayors in the Philippines.
Binay said he is also open to a change to federal form of government, which is Duterte's advocacy. However, he said the proposal still needs careful study.
For his part, Duterte said he is not interested in running for higher office for now, adding that he cannot run because of his medical conditions.
Binay, a former Makati mayor turned vice-president in 2010, is currently leading pre-election surveys as the candidate most likely to win the presidential election.
He is statistically tied with Poe in the last Social Weather Stations with 36 percent of voters backing his presidential bid compared to Poe's 31 percent. -- Report by Rodirey Salas, ABS-CBN News