Binay eyes Bongbong Marcos as VP

by Jorge Carino, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 24 2015 11:53 PM | Updated as of Jul 25 2015 08:25 AM

DAVAO CITY - En route to Davao city, a chance encounter occured between Vice-President Jejomar Binay and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, when the two were about to board the same flight going to the southern Philippines.

Binay, who is also president of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP), went to Davao City Friday afternoon to attend the 50th Founding anniversary of the Boy Scouts Council of Davao.

Duterte was on his way home for the weekend.

But did the two talk of prospects of running as a tandem under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) for the 2016 elections?

"Walang pulitika. Matagal na kaming magkaibigan nyan pero wala kaming pinag-usapan tungkol sa pulitika," said Binay upon arrival at Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City.

He said it was a very short but cordial encounter with the mayor of Davao.

So who will be running alongside Binay in the 2016 elections?

Binay said the search committee of UNA is looking at Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. as his running mate.

The Senator is a son of former President Ferdinand Marcos. Binay was a human rights lawyer during the Marcos regime.

The younger Marcos is a member of Nacionalista Party (NP), from which his father also came from before establishing Kilusang Bagong Lipunan in the 1970s.

Binay believes that running with Marcos will break the NP, since an NP senator like Alan Peter Cayetano was reported to be running with Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, while Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is also reportedly eyeing a vice-presidential post.

Senator Grace Poe, an independent candidate who ran in the 2013 elections as an adopted candidate of Liberal Party and UNA (which was then a coalition of political parties), may also run for President in the 2016 elections.

Binay said the more, the merrier. "Pabor sa akin iyan, mas malaki ang divisor."

He said that with more candidates running, votes will be divided and go to several candidates.

Binay is confident that he will get the biggest number of votes.

On Roxas' reported statement "kapatid ng sinungaling ang magnananakaw," Binay said "galit ang mahihirap sa matapobre".