MANILA – Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay, who has already expressed interest in running for president, vowed that he would lead the next ‘People Power’ if next year’s national elections will be marred by fraud.
“Magra-rally po ako. Wala pong ka-ipokrituhan… Last card ko na ito. Mag-aalsa ako. Batang rally tayo. Magle-lead ako ng People Power,” Binay said in separate interviews.
(I will stage a rally. No hypocrisy… This is my last card. I will stage an uprising. I’ve grown up used to rallies. I will lead a People Power.)
“If I lose because of cheating, you can expect me in the streets… I hope they will remember it as a message for those who want to cheat in the coming elections,” he added.
Being the head of the opposition, the Vice President feared that he may be cheated in the coming presidential race and that government funds might be used in the campaign of the administration’s presidential bid.
“Knock on wood, sana walang dayaan. Dapat marangal na halalan. Naglipanang magkakadayaan sa PCOS (Precinct Count Optical Scanning machines),” Binay said in an interview with Manila Bulletin.
(Knock on wood, I hope there will be no fraud. It should be an honorable election. There are rumors that there will be cheating through PCOS machines.)
United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) stalwart JV Bautista earlier claimed that the ruling Liberal Party (LP) cheated in the 2004 general elections through Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad and former Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan who were members of the Lakas-CMD party then.