Binay: LP thinking of adopting me in 2016

Posted at 08/05/14 8:55 AM

MANILA - Vice President Jejomar Binay revealed that he has been receiving information that he may be an "adopted" presidential candidate of the Liberal Party in the 2016 polls.

Binay said there are no formal talks yet but information has been consistent that the administration is seriously considering him to be the standard bearer for the 2016 elections.

He said the administration is also studying whether he could become a “guest candidate.” Another option is a coalition between the LP and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), he added.

"Sa pulitika walang imposible. Sa pulitika maraming probabilities. I heard lately not a coalition but possibility of an adoption, as a candidate," he said.

Binay said it would be an honor for him if it pushes through especially that major political parties will join forces under one candidate.

Binay attended the opening of an exhibit of memorabilia of the late President Corazon Aquino in Makati.

Presidential spokesperson Herminio Coloma Jr. did not comment when asked to react on Binay’s statement.

For his part, Liberal Party stalwart and Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said he has no knowledge of such moves to have Binay as an "adopted candidate."

He said the LP abides by its guiding principles that they will choose and support the presidential candidate that will continue the clean and honest government instituted by President Aquino.

Ballsy Aquino, the President's sister, said if the rumor is true, it would be an optimistic idea for political parties to unite for the cause of one country.

She said Binay is one of the few brave men who really fought for the Aquinos against the martial law regime of President Ferdinand Marcos.

"I really want peace and I really am so grateful to people who even if they are not in the same political party are thinking of ways to just improve our country and improve the lives of our people," she said.

Dr. Elenita Binay, the wife of Vice President Binay, said their family ties with the Aquinos remain strong despite the political nuances between the Vice-President's party and that of the President's Liberal Party.

"It is still strong and it is still close especially with the sisters," she said.

The Binay couple attended the rare commemorative exhibit marking the 5th death anniversary of the late President Corazon Aquino at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati. President Aquino was the guest of honor.

The exhibit is a rare glimpse into the former President's life particularly from her school years at the St. Scholastica's College to her marriage to Sen Benigno Aquino Jr., to the People Power revolution that changed her life, and in the process, Philippine History.

The Vice-President's wife said more exhibit should be done to remember the heroism and sacrifices of the late President Cory Aquino for the country.

In his speech, President Aquino said the exhibit is a reminder that Filipinos always find a way to overcome trials.

He said the memory of his parents and their service to the Filipino people guide him in the presidency.

The exhibit also includes exclusive photographs of the former President, clothes, paintings, and other memorabilia mostly from the collections of her close in photographer Val Rodriguez, Aquino Center and Museum, and the Ninoy and Cory Foundation.

The exhibit also launched a special commemorative magazine by People Asia titled Five Years Later: Remembering Cory, that chronicles the life and times of the icon of democracy through rare, significant and unpublished photographs.