Mar not running? Binay doubts it

Ayee Macaraig
Politicians often mouth similar lines but end up doing otherwise

OH REALLY? Vice President Jejomar Binay doubts the statement of Mar Roxas that he's not running for president in 2016.

MANILA, Philippines – For Vice President Jejomar Binay, it’s best to be true to yourself.

Binay is doubtful about claims of his political rival, Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas, he has no plans of running in the 2016 presidential elections. 

Binay told reporters, “Ah ganoon ba? Eh kasi maraming nagulat sa inyo nung sinabi kong hindi ako magpapaka-ipokrito. Talagang ako ay nagpapaalam [na tatakbo sa 2016] eh yung mga ganoong linya, ganoon din ang linya noong nakaraan ng mga iba.” (Is that so? Many of you were surprised when I said I won’t be a hypocrite and said that I am running in 2016 but lines like those, those were the lines also used by politicians in the past.) 

Asked if he was saying that Roxas was being hypocritical, Binay said, “Hindi naman, basta ang sinasabi ko eh yun ang kanyang position eh as of now. Sinasasabi ko lang na sinabi niya iyon. Eh di tingnan natin.” (Not really, but I’m just saying that that’s his position as of now. I am just saying that he said that. Let’s see.)  

Binay gave the interview after attending the testimonial dinner for former President Joseph Estrada on Monday, April 16. Watch the interview here: 

Roxas was quoted in newspapers as saying that as of now, he has no plans of running in 2016, but he remains at the disposal of the Liberal Party. 

Reacting to Roxas’ statement, President Benigno Aquino III said it is too early to talk about the 2016 polls. – Rappler.com