MANILA - Vice-President Jejomar Binay confirmed Friday that he had a disagreement (tampuhan) with former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada while squelching talk that he is wooing Batangas Governor Vilma Santos as a potential vice-presidential bet in 2016.
In an interview at the Batangas provincial capitol, Binay said he met Estrada last night but did not iron out their differences.
This, after he refused to approve the mayor's request to re-develop the iconic Central Market in Manila.
"Nagkakita kami kagabi. Yun naman kahit sa pamilya nagkakatampuhan yung mga kapatid, magulang. Tampuhang magkaibigan ito," he told reporters.
He added: "Pero sa tagal naman ng pinagsamahan, lalong lalo na ako, ang utang na loob ko kay Pangulong Erap ay ganoon na lamang. Hindi naman ako magiging pangalawang pangulo kung hindi ako sinama ni Pangulong Erap. Hindi naman ho magtatagal yan. Siguro konting paliwanagan pa."
Binay said he also had a chance to meet Estrada at the Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG Fund for a mass wedding but he begged off because he went to Batangas.
"Dapat magkikita kami ngayong umaga sa Pag-IBIG. Yung I do, I do mass wedding. Kaya lang matagal na kong nakapangako dito sa Batangas," he said.
Estrada earlier confirmed that he had walked out on a meeting with Binay after the latter refused a Manila government public-private partnership with SM Development Corp. to rebuild the Central Market in Sta. Cruz, Manila into a 3-level structure with a grocery on the ground level and roof-deck parking.
"Hulog ng langit ba yung SM, nag offer na they’re willing PPP (public-private partnership). They will spend for all the cost of the market. Kami walang gastos. Yung isang floor lang gagamitin nila, the rest sa amin na. Malaki na income namin, wala pa kaming nagastos,” Estrada said in an exclusive interview that aired on "Umagang Kay Ganda."
“Itutuloy ko yan kahit magkatampuhan man kami,” Estrada said.
The city of Manila has no rights over the property after ownership transferred to the Home Guaranty Corp. (HGC).
HGC is a shelter agency under the Housing and Urban Development Council (HUDCC) that is headed by Binay. It provides government guarantees for loans that bankroll housing projects.
Binay had advised Estrada that all actions pertaining to the sale of the Old Bilibid Compound – a huge parcel of land to which the Central Market property is a part of – have to be reviewed by the Department of Finance and must undergo public bidding.
A masterplan must also be presented and approved prior to any action concerning the property.
Estrada and Binay ran for president and vice-president respectively in the 2010 elections but only Binay was elected into office.
There has been talk that Binay is eyeing Estrada's son, Senator Jinggoy Estrada, as a potential vice-presidential candidate while he pursues his own presidential bid in 2016.
Binay, however, said it is too early to talk about the next national election.
"Kapag ako nag-anunsyo ngayon magagalit pa yung hindi ko naanunsyo. Matagal pa naman ang halalan, magtrabaho muna tayo," he said.
He dismissed talk that he is wooing Batangas Governor Vilma Santos Recto as a potential vice-presidential candidate in 2016 when her own term as governor expires.
He said his visit to Batangas is for a housing caravan for local officials.
"Wala pong halong pulitika ito. Alam mo matagal ng binalak tong pagpupulong na ito. Di ba mayroon kaming housing caravan, ngayon finafollow up namin yung mga mayor. Pero para mas madali na yung pag-ikot sa mga lalawigan, pinakiusapan na lang namin yung mga governor na tipunin yung mga mayor para mas madali naming maiprisenta yung mga programa at modelo ng housing. At ipaalala sa kanila na iyong housing is primarily local government ang may responsibility.
Asked if Recto would make a good vice-president, he said: "Hindi naman magiging three termer iyan kung hindi magaling na governor."