MANILA - Vice-President Jejomar Binay on Monday said he is not considering Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. as a running mate in the 2016 polls but said a Binay-Grace Poe tandem is still a possibility.
In an interview, Binay said Marcos is not on his list of possible running mates for a very simple reason.
"Ayaw kong mag-sinungaling. Hindi ho 'yon kasama sa mga kino-consider namin. Kasi, unang-una na, malaki ang tsansa na si Senator Bong Bong ay magkakandidato ulit bilang senador," he said.
He also said he is beginning to accept the possibility that businessman Manny Pangilinan is not interested in his offer to become a running mate. He said Pangilinan has not yet responded to his invitation but noted that the businessman "is still being considered."
On the other hand, the vice-president said there is still a possibility that Poe, daughter of the late showbiz icon Fernando Poe Jr., could become his running mate in the 2016 polls.
"Posible po 'yon. Ang sinasabi ko naman palagi 'pag ako tinatanong, una, tiyak na ako ay magkakaroon ng vice president. Pangalawa, napakaaga pa naman ho para mag-deklara kung sino ang vice president ko. Kailangan pa po ng masusing pag-aaral. Una, mapapapayag ba? Pangalawa, panahon na ba para mag-deklara ng kung sinong Vice President?" he said.
Binay noted that he served as campaign manager during the older Poe's presidential campaign and was with the actor on the night of December 11, 2004 when the latter had a stroke.
He said Poe invited close friends to a Christmas party at his production studio when he had a stroke.
"Um-attend po ako ng party n'ya ro'n sa studio n'ya. E ngayon, no'n ko lang napuntahan 'yong studio na 'yon. 'Yon pala, 'yon pala e pa-party para sa malalapit n'yang kaibigan," he said.
"Naalala ko pa nga kami noong mamatay 'yon. Na-stroke 'yon. Magkakatabi kami sa lamesa. Kaya sinakay ko pa sa kotse namin. Dinala ko sa ospital. 'Yong pagkamatay n'ya, e lagi naman akong nakikiramay kasi gano'n naman ako magdala ng kaibigan e. 'Di naman do'n sa pakitaan lang," he added.
Binay said he is still bent on running for President even if the younger Poe turns down his invitation.
He said that on the practical side, "many candidates want to be my vice-president."
"E 'yong hindi ko na mapipili, ginawa ko nang kalaban 'yon," he said.
He also said he is ready for the possibility that he will be pitted against Poe in the 2016 polls.
A Pulse Asia survey earlier showed Poe ranked 2nd behind Binay on possible presidential candidates who could win if elections were held today.
Poe earlier said she has no definite plans yet for the 2016 presidential elections, amid reports that she is being eyed as Binay's running mate.
In an interview on radio DZMM, Poe said she has yet to receive a formal offer from possible presidential candidates.
"Siyempre nagpapasalamat ako sa tiwala, palagi naman 'yan ang sinasabi ko, nakikita nila siguro yung potensyal, o yung aking maaaring maiambag, pero lahat naman po ng kanilang sinasabi sa media, hindi naman po talagang diretsahang nakikipagusap sa akin, o nagkikita kami tungkol sa paksa na 'yan, wala naman po. Kaya kapag tinatanong ako, pareho lang ang sagot ko, wala naman akong pinaplano, at wala naman talagang pormal na nakikipag-usap tungkol diyan," she said.