Binay: Pacquiao among leaders in new party

Posted at 03/03/2014 6:46 PM | Updated as of 03/03/2014 6:46 PM

Pacquiao not yet qualified to run for VP in 2016

MANILA - Eight-time world boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao will be among the leaders in the new political party that Vice-President Jejomar Binay is forming ahead of the 2016 elections.

Binay, in a media interview Monday, said Pacquiao and his wife Sarangani Vice-Governor Jinkee Pacquiao, as well as the Garcia political clan in Cebu, are among the spearheads of his new party.

"Sila eh nangampanya sa ilalim ng UNA [United Nationalist Alliance.] Sila iyung mangunguna sa itatayo naming bagong partido," said Binay, who has bolted from the Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas (PDP)-Laban.

Pacquiao, who will be too young to run for either president or vice-president in the 2016 elections, has joined and left various political parties. He was previously a member of the Atienza wing of the Liberal Party, the Arroyo-allied Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino, Manny Villar's Nacionalista Party, President Aquino's mainstream Liberal Party, and later Binay's PDP-Laban.

Binay, meanwhile, has not kept secret his intention to seek the presidency in the next national elections.

He said he left PDP-Laban because it has become "dysfunctional."

"Hindi na kasi maganda ang takbo ng partido. Nagiging dysfunctional na. Tingnan mo, may halalan na may miyembro at namumuno na hindi sumasang-ayon sa desisyon ng partido. Sa sa’min sa Senate, mayroon majority, may minority. Pareho namang [PDP-Laban]," he said.

Binay said many members of his old party are interested in joining him, but declined to name them.

"Lalo na iyung mga Laban member. Kaya ang pangalan nu'n e PDP-Laban kasi magkahiwalay iyun. Nu’ng Martial Law [period], hiwalay iyun. Pero nagkasundo ang mga namumuno na pagsamahin na ang PDP-Laban. Pero sa nangyayari ngayon, eh may mga miyembro ng PDP-Laban, lalo na ‘yung dating mga [miyembro ng] Laban na hindi na rin nasisiyahan sa nangyayari," he said.

He did not confirm if former President and current Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada will join him. "Si President Erap eh sa PMP iyun, may partido sila. Paghiwalayin natin ang political coalition. Kasi ‘yung UNA, political coalition. Supposed to be, ‘yung PDP-Laban kasama dapat sa pagtatayo ng UNA, kasama ‘yung PMP at mga individual members ng iba’t ibang grupo."

Binay said he is still considering who his running mate will be in the 2016 elections.

"Kino-consider. Lahat ‘yun kino-consider. Pero, wala pang nadedesisyunan. Dedesisyunan natin ‘yun ‘pag panahon na ng kampanya," he said, when asked about Batangas Governor Vilma Santos.

"Masyadong maaga para magsabi na kung sino ang makakatambal ko," Binay said.

He, however, said he prefers an economist to be his running mate.

"Batay sa aking karanasan, number one priority ang mapaganda natin ang ekonomiya. Magkaroon ng revenue at panggastos para sa ating mga project, maibsan pa ang pagdami ng mahihirap at dumadami pa ang magkaroon ng trabaho," Binay said.