MAKATI CITY - Mayor Junjun Binay clarified that there was no sarcasm, nor pun intended, when his father, Vice-President Jejomar Binay, said he is considering Secretary Mar Roxas as a possible running-mate in the 2016 presidential election.
"Ang naging sagot niya dun is that ah meron syang listahan ng mga taong pinagpipilian at ah kasama nga dun si Secretary Roxas. And the idea there is to unify this country," said Mayor Binay.
He explained that the intent of the Vice-President is to unite this country and to avoid putting people in a compromising situation whenever politicians figure in a scuffle.
He said that while he was not beside the Vice-President when the statement was made, he confirmed the name of Secretary Roxas is indeed part of his father's list of potential running-mates in the 2016 elections.
"I believe that the Vice-President is serious in choosing a vice-presidential candidate, one who should be competent," the mayor said.
At present, Mayor Binay is in conflict with the Department of the Interior and Local Government after the Ombudsman ordered the preventive suspension of the mayor and other former and incumbent officials of the city.
The DILG installed Vice-Mayor Romulo "Kid" Pena as the Acting Mayor prior to the release of a Court of Appeals temporary restraining order that stopped the implementation of the Ombudsman order.
The situation resulted in a standoff between Binay and Pena and consequently caused disruption in services at the city hall.
"Ang payo ko ho sa DILG, sa pamumuno ni Secretary Mar Roxas, tigil na po natin to. Walang punto itong ginagawa nyo na to. Mismong si Secretary De Lima na nagsabi na opinyon lang binigay niya, it has no legal effect. It is only the courts who can render judgment," Binay said.
The mayor said he is open to a possibility of working with Roxas in the future, should the tandem between his father and the DILG secretary materialize for the 2016 presidential elections.
"Eh ano ba naman yung ah magkapatawaran dun sa ginawa para lang sa taong-bayan para at sa ikabubuti ng bayan natin," he said.
Quoting an old phrase, Binay said that in politics, there are no permanent friends, nor permanent enemies.
"Ang pulitika, sad to say, talagang walang permanenteng kaibigan, wala ring permanenteng kaaway. Pero kung ang pag-uusapan nga natin ay yung mas nakakataas na makakabuti para sa lahat, kailangan tayong magsakripisyo," he said.