MANILA – Vice President and opposition leader Jejomar Binay on Monday declared nothing will stop him from pursuing his presidential bid 2016 even if one of his possible running mates will decide to run under the administration party.
”I will definitely push my candidacy whoever is my opponent,” Binay said in a radio interview when asked to comment on reports that some members of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) are considering senator Grace Poe as their standard-bearer.
Binay, who declared his intention to run for president right after he won vice president in 2010, admitted that Poe is one of the names being considered as his running mate.
The Vice President, however, said it’s too early to announce his running mate.
”That is possible. (But) It needs careful study and the question is, can I convince her (Poe)?,” Binay replied when asked if Binay-Poe tandem is possible.
Binay said there are many who wanted to be his running mate but “I will choose who has experience and capability.”
”Those who will not be chosen, I made them my opponents,” he said, without further elaboration.
Despite his 6-percentage point drop in the latest Pulse Asia survey, Binay remains on top in the list of the potential presidential candidates in the 2016 polls with 26 percent.
Though she has not expressed intention to run either for president or vice president, Poe soared from fourth to second place with 18 points among the possible presidential candidates and leading the survey for vice president with 33 percent.
The survey has been conducted at the height of the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee inquiries on allegations of corruption against Binay.
Binay said he will remain focus to his job as housing czar and presidential advisers on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) concerns.