PNoy starting to build consensus on 2016 presidential bet

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 19 2014 11:44 AM | Updated as of Nov 19 2014 07:44 PM

SINGAPORE - President Aquino is starting to "build consensus" among supporters on who to field as the administration's presidential bet in 2016.

Speaking to reporters at the sidelines of his working visit, Aquino said that he wants his supporters to agree on a common presidential candidate to help ensure the continuity of his reforms.

"Matagal-tagal ko nang pinag-iisipan 'yan at pinipilit kong magkaroon ng consensus, 'yung pagkakasundo… sa lahat ng mga grupong sumuporta sa akin at sumusuporta sa atin, sumusuporta noon at sumusuporta ngayon," the President said.

"Gusto kong maiwang buo 'pag dating ng 2016 para manigurado na ang pinaggagagawa natin ngayon ay mapagpatuloy. Hindi maging parang sumandali lang ang tinamsa nating mga tagumpay tapos balik na naman tayo sa sitwasyon na tila nawalan ng pag-asa ang ating mga kababayan natin sa Pilipinas."

"Para masigurado 'yun, importante mayroon tayong tinatawag na consensus, pagkakasundo ng lahat na isa ang itayo natin na siyang magiging mukha ng plataporma de gobyerno na gusto nating pairalin sa ating bansa."

Aquino said he has been listening to the opinion of different sectors.

He has even spoken to Vice President Jejomar Binay on political matters but he clarified that they did not discuss which specific candidate the administration party should support.

"I don't talk to Toby Tiangco or others. I did talk to the Vice President. So I cannot say naman na I did not talk to any of them," Aquino said when asked if he has also spoken with personalities from the United Nationalist Alliance.

"Pero hindi naman namin pinag-usapan kung sinong kandidato," he said.

The President said he is not yet ready to say who he would endorse as presidential candidate, saying that he is still in the process of building a consensus.

"Yung party namin kasi importante 'yung may consensus. Hindi pwedeng isa ang magsalita na hindi napagkasunduan pa," Aquino said when asked if he is still open to endorsing Binay.