Binay to choose running mate by September

By Paolo Romero and Helen Flores, The Philippine Star

Posted at Jul 13 2015 09:41 AM | Updated as of Jul 13 2015 05:41 PM

MANILA - A September deadline has been set for selecting Vice President Jejomar Binay's running mate in the 2016 polls.

At least five prominent persons are in the list of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) selection committee, according to Navotas Rep. Tobias Tiangco, the party’s president. He declined to name them.

“Our self-imposed deadline for that (selection of UNA vice presidential candidate) is end of September because the filing of the certificates of candidacy is in October,” Tiangco told radio station dzBB.

They are also searching for the party’s 12-member senatorial slate, as well as the candidates for local posts, he added.

Those being considered as Binay’s running mate are political leaders, as well as those coming from other fields, Tiangco said.

“What’s important is that he or she believes in the administration of Vice President Binay, and that he or she can make sure that the poor will immediately feel the service of the government once elected,” he said.

The vice president under a Binay presidency would be asked to work hard to improve the lot of the people, Tiangco said.

“He or she must be hard-working as the Vice President,” he said.

UNA has sent “feelers” to some of those being considered, while the others were asked whether they are interested in running for vice president, he added.

UNA is also working to field coordinators for each of the 1,500 municipalities and 120 cities, Tiangco said.

Meanwhile, the administration appears to be panicking, Joey Salgado, Binay’s spokesman for media affairs said yesterday.

“We sense more than a hint of panic in the abrasiveness of the attacks on the Vice President,” he said.

“Maybe reports that it’s not only in the Pulse Asia and (Social Weather Survey) where the VP Binay’s trust and satisfaction ratings were going up, but even in the internal presidential survey of the administration are true.”

It has failed to respond to the widespread perception of being inept and insensitive, Salgado said.

He expects the administration to release facts and figures to answer Binay’s criticism of the “manhid and palkpak” (insensitive and inept) government of President Aquino, he added.

Malacañang officials have resorted to giving “arrogant and often shrill remarks that barely address the issues,” instead of providing concrete solutions to various problems facing Filipinos, Salgado said.

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