MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is confident that Vice President Jejomar Binay will fail in his bid to win the presidency in 2016.
Trillanes, who intends to run as vice president, reasoned that the public's vigilance will prevent them from succumbing to empty rhetoric and electing Binay.
"I believe in the Filipino people. Iba na po ngayon, nakikita na po nila -- hindi na puwedeng bolahin ang mga kababayan natin kaya hindi po mangyayari 'yan. He won't be President of this country," Trillanes told radio dzMM on Saturday.
But the senator stressed that he will respect the will of the people should he be elected as Binay's second-in-command. He added that he will maintain watch over any possible act of wrongdoing on Binay's part.
"Rerespetuhin ko po 'yung desisyon ng mga Pilipino na siya ang gusto nilang Presidente. Pero, sa akin siyempre, hindi ko bibitawan 'yung aking role na pagbabantay," he said.
"Kung magkakamali po siya at gagamitin lang niyang personal na bangko itong kaban ng bayan ay talagang ilalabas po natin 'yan at ibubunyag sa taumbayan."
Trillanes, along with Senators Aquilino Pimentel III and Alan Peter Cayetano, has been leading a year-long probe into various corruption allegations against Binay and his family.
Binay, in turn, filed a P200-million damage suit against Trillanes and other personalities allegedly acting in conspiracy to destroy his reputation.
The vice president remains among the top presidential contenders, as shown by the latest surveys conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Pulse Asia.
'VP DERBY TO BE A BIG FIGHT'
Trillanes officially declared his vice presidential bid at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City Saturday afternoon.
Trillanes, a member of the Nacionalista Party (NP), will run as an independent candidate as some NP members are also eyeing the same post.
The senator will support the presidential bid of Senator Grace Poe, pursuant to the decision of his other group, the Magdalo bloc.
Trillanes said the 500,000 members of the Magdalo bloc opted to support his own candidacy over that of Poe's running mate, Senator Francis Esucdero, to ensure the progress of the party's advocacy.
"Mayroon kaming sariling kandidato who would raise our own issues. Si Senator Escudero, he won't embody the ideals and aspirations of the party," Trillanes said.
Trillanes is also confident of his chances of winning the vice presidential race with the help of Magdalo's resources, citing the party's grassroots support system that propelled him in the 2007 senatorial race.
"Itong aming organisasyon kasi, nakaugat ito sa ground. Noong 2007, 'yan din ang itinatanong sa amin noon. The media has, parang, written us off nang, 'Hindi, walang pag-asa 'yan, wala namang partido 'yan, nakakulong 'yan, walang pera 'yan.' Pero nanalo. Bakit kaya? Dahil mayroon kaming ganitong organisasyon," the senator said.
Trillanes is also not worried about going against more popular candidates backed by financial resources.
"Mabigat po itong laban na ito talaga. Mga kilala 'yan tapos may pera 'yan sila. Pero hindi naman po ako nawawalan ng pag-asa," he said.