MANILA – An alliance between Vice President Jejomar Binay's new political party and that of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's Lakas-Kampi is highly unlikely, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) secretary general Toby Tiangco said on Friday.
Tiangco said there are no party-to-party talks and no such imagined alliance is in the works.
“Malayong mangyari yun. Lakas even announced that Sen. Bong Revilla is their standard bearer in 2016, so how can there be an alliance when they also have a presidential candidate?" he said in a press statement.
Tiangco also belied the remarks of political analyst Mon Casiple that the reason for such a merger with Lakas is financial, saying alliances are not borne out of finances but common vision.
"The remark made by Mon Casiple is irresponsible and baseless," he said.
Tiangco confirmed that he and Sen. JV Ejercito have been tasked to explore possible partnerships with individuals who share the same vision and purpose as that of Binay.
"Aside from those who want to transfer to VP Binay's new party, there are case-to-case talks with those who have local parties or those whose national party affiliation will have no presidential candidate; and those who will be given a free hand by their national party to choose their presidential preference since their party has no presidential candidate or no formal alliance with any national party," he said.
He added: "This is not the first time that this will happen. It has happened in past presidential elections when a national party has no presidential candidate, they allow their party members to choose their presidential preference."
Tiangco said Binay has been receiving "feelers" from all parts of the political spectrum.
"We are flattered by the snowballing support for the vice-president. Despite a few ideological disparities, we are all elated that there are common denominators congruent with his platform of government and development policies," Tiangco said.
"The common hazard of any alliance is the lack of consensus. We are glad that this early, we are fortunate that there is already a political convergence of all those individuals who expressed their support for VP Binay to run for president," he said.