UNA had nothing to do with Poe residency issue, Nancy Binay says

By Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 03 2015 01:35 PM | Updated as of Jun 04 2015 06:54 AM

Senator Binay dares those criticizing VP to declare 2016 plans

MANILA -- Senator Nancy Binay said his father's party, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), had nothing to do with its interim president’s recent statement declaring that Senator Grace Poe is not qualified to run for president because she has failed to meet the Constitution's residency requirement.

Senator Binay told reporters that she herself was surprised when she saw on television the press conference of Rep. Tobias Tiangco, UNA’s interim president and one of Vice President Jejomar Binay’s spokespersons.

There, Tiangco said Poe is not qualified to run for either vice-president or president because she would not be able to meet the 10-year residency requirement.

''Napanood ko na lang siya noong nakauwi na ako na parang, ‘Oh my, gano’n pala ang sinabi ni Cong. Toby (I saw it on TV when I got home and told myself, ‘Oh my, that’s what Cong. Toby said’),” Senator Binay said.

She refused to comment on the residency issue, saying it would be best for Poe herself to explain it.

Senator Binay also dismissed claims that UNA is threatened by Poe, a possible contender for the presidency who has been closing in on Vice President Binay in pre-election surveys.

“We are running against ourselves,” said Senator Binay.
Citing recent surveys, she added, ''In spite of the fact na lahat na ibinato sa pamilya ko at sa ating Vice President, nanunguna pa rin naman siya. Bakit kami matatakot? (In spite of the fact that everything has been thrown at my family and our Vice President, he is still leading. Why would we be threatened?)''


Vice President Binay, the only prospective candidate to have declared his intention to run for president, is the subject of an ongoing Senate corruption inquiry.

A partial investigation report found him, his son, and other officials liable for plunder in connection with the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building II.

Senator Nancy Binay reiterated her stance against the report, taking a swipe at her fellow senators who signed it. She said they were thinking of the elections without admitting it.

“For me, it’s all about 2016,” she said.

Without naming names, Senator Binay noted how some of those who signed have not criticized her father in the past but are now speaking out against him.

Senator Binay dared them to declare their 2016 plans, saying that while they claim to be still thinking things through, their actions show otherwise.

“Let’s be frank and honest,” she said. “When the Vice President was asked, are you running for president, ano’ng sagot niya? ‘Oo, tatakbo akong presidente. Ibig sabihin, gano’n ka-determined siya na tulungan ang ating kababayan (When the Vice President was asked if he’s running for president, he said, ‘Yes, I am.’ That is how determined he is to help our countrymen).”

“Hindi puwede ‘yong pahele-hele ka sa pagtakbo mo. Ibig sabihin, pahele-hele rin ang pagtulong mo sa ating kababayan (You cannot be indecisive about running. That means you’re also indecisive about helping our countrymen),” Senator Binay added.

Although rising in surveys, Poe has not made a decision about whether to run in 2016 or not. So have other possible candidates, except for Vice President Binay.